A FARMER has raised £11,000 in memory of his wife, who was cared for with lung cancer at Poole Hospital’s Dorset Cancer Centre.

Philip Trim, owner of Philip Trim Contractors, opened Throop Hallow Farm as a pop-up campsite for five weeks over summer to raise funds in memory of wife Jane, who died at the hospital two years ago.

The money will be used to purchase radiotherapy EagleBoards following recent government commissioning for the hospital to deliver stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy treatment (SABR) to help treat lung cancer.

Dr Michael Bayne, consultant in oncology, said: “We are extremely grateful for the effort Philip and his son Ben have put in to raise this money in memory of his wife who was incredibly resilient through her treatment for lung cancer two years ago.

“Currently patients have to travel to Southampton for SABR treatment. Funding for this equipment brings us a step closer to delivering this treatment in Poole and saving time and inconvenience for patients and a time in their lives when that really matters.”

Donations came from hosting a range of fundraising events across the summer including tractor and trailer rides around the farm, a private event for a local metal detecting club, live music, charity breakfasts and a raffle.

Cleaners were on site to ensure facilities were kept clean and sanitised, and posters were displayed to encourage people to follow the government guidelines.

Philip said: “Guests were extremely generous. When we didn’t have change to give them for their purchases, they would tell us to keep it as they knew the money was going to something close to my heart.”