Monthly Archives: March 2017
The winning lottery tickets have been drawn, Gianni Campanella (owner of Dolcipani where the concert will take place) and Vincenzo Bua have been practising their routine, and the delicious home-cooked buffet food has been prepared, so all is now set for tonight’s very special Singing for Life Concert which Devizes Rotary Club helped to organise.
Singing baker raises £2,500 for radiotherapy unit before concert even begins
1 day ago / Joanne Moore
SINGING baker Giovanni Campanella, who was diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago, has raised more than £2,500 for charity before a concert tomorrow evening (March 30) even begins.
Mr Campanella, who runs Dolcipani Italian bakery and coffee shop in Devizes and was diagnosed with lung cancer nearly two years ago, has joined forces with Devizes Rotary Club to collect money for the Brighter Futures Appeal at Great Western Hospital, Swindon.
Mr Campanella and Vincenzo Bua will perform from 7.30pm to 9pm at the coffee shop in Old Swan Yard in a concert called Singing For Life to raise money for a new radiotherapy centre in Swindon.
The tickets were sold through a draw with people pledging cash for the charity. Mr Campanella said: “We are delighted to have raised so much already but people can of course continue to donate via http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DevizesRotary1
“I was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer in April 2015, and without the care and support of the Great Western Hospital I wouldn’t be here today.
“It’s my small way of thanking them for everything they’ve done for me and everyone like me. I’ve been playing guitar for fifty years, so I’m excited about the concert.”
Devizes Rotary Club president Cliff Evans said: “It’s a privilege for the Rotary Club of Devizes to have been invited by Giovanni to help organise the event, and thereby raise much needed money for the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal, which currently stands at £1.4m of a £2.9m target.”
A couple of months ago the Devizes Rotary Cooking Team were asked by Emily, at Dorothy House, if we would come and cook bacon and egg baps at the start of the Bath Men’s Walk which was held on the 18th of this month. Well, how could we refuse?!
So, along we went to Winsley House on a chilly morning, blustry morning, where business was excellent so that we managed to raise £350 – all the profit from the event – for Dorothy House and the Bath Rugby Foundation.
Here’s an extract from an article in the Gazette and Herald on 20th March:
Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “The Bath Men’s Walk was a brilliant success with a great atmosphere from the start. The funds raised by the Walk will help Dorothy House continue to give our patients, their families and carers the specialist palliative and end of life care they need.
“We also had the Devizes Rotary Club come along in the morning to make bacon butties for everyone, and all of the money they made they gave straight to Dorothy House which was lovely.”
Another satisfied customer … 🙂
Here is the presentation I will be giving at the District Forum this Saturday (25th Mar):
Imagine being given news that will change not only your life but the lives of the people you love.
Imagine being given news which means you’ll need to spend countless hours travelling to and from hospital to receive treatment in the hope it will save your life.
Every month, almost 300 people are given a diagnosis of cancer at Great Western Hospital, and have to make the journey to Oxford, Bath or Cheltenham to receive their radiotherapy treatment.
The Rotary Club of Devizes are therefore partnering with Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes to help change that by raising cash to help buy equipment for the new Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon.
For details of how you can make a donation or buy raffle tickets for the Singing For Life fund-raising concert to be held on Thursday 30th March at Dolcipani in Devizes, go to https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/donat/. Please buy your tickets this week as we’ll be holding the draw this coming Saturday to see who will be the lucky ones attending the concert.
This is your chance to support the biggest improvement in cancer care in Swindon in a generation. Thank you for your support.