MORE than £6000 has been raised to support a vital unit for detecting cancers at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.  

Classic is a company based in Christchurch that designs and crafts responsible bespoke luxury retail packaging for global creative brands.

The team at Classic put on their walking shoes and took part in a 12-mile trek along the Jurassic Coast to support the Jigsaw Unit at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The team started at Swanage, trekked to Durlston viewing point then back to Swanage, and finished at Old Harry Rocks. 

In total, £6,450 was raised for the unit.

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The inspiration for the coastal fundraiser came from a personal experience from one of the team.

Technical design manager, Alan Cruttenden said: “The team wanted to work with a personal and local cause.

“When we sat down to discuss which charity to support, we all realised there was one charity very close to home for us all and that’s our local hospitals.

“Having recently had one of our staff pass through its doors and several partners of the team members who had received treatment there, we knew this is where we wanted our fundraising to go.”

“I was thrilled to walk alongside my wife and teenage daughters who were also keen to show their support.

“My wife is now six years in remission herself after treatment from the Jigsaw Unit so it was a really poignant challenge for us.

“We are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and are thrilled to be able to say we smashed our fundraising target.”

Corporate fundraiser at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity, Hayley Harris, said: “It has been a privilege getting to know the team at Classic and hearing about their epic Jurassic Coastal trek along with their additional fundraising.

“This is an incredible amount and it truly meant a lot to present the cheque together to our team in cancer services.

“Thank you so much to everyone at Classic for all that you have raised - you really are a ‘classic’ example of awesome teamwork.

“And it is great to see that you all enjoyed this challenge as much as you did.”  

Donations to University Hospitals Dorset can be made via its website.