Six months of fundraising has ended with a donation to a cancer charity by a young farmers club.

Beaminster Young Farmers Club raised £500 for the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, after carol singing last Christmas and hosting several events until they finished on a tombola.

Angus Staples, chairman of the club, presented Fortuneswell trustee David Evans at their recent club meeting.

Angus said: "We enjoyed working hard for such an important local charity and are delighted to know that the money will go towards improvements to cancer services at Dorset County Hospital."

The Fortuneswell Cancer Trust is a registered charity that works to improve the service to patients and staff at Dorset County Hospital's (DCH's) cancer unit, as well as elsewhere.

The charity contributes to the care and welfare of cancer patients through providing improvements to facilities of the Fortuneswell Cancer Ward and Outpatients Chemotherapy Unit at DCH, supporting opportunities for providing treatment in location nearer to patients' homes, funding projects which help patients in the locality, and providing financial assistance to nurses and medical staff to help them engage in research, study and education to provide better management of patients with cancer.

The long-term aim of the trust is to further develop the dedicated cancer centre in DCH.

To find out more about the charity, visit

The Beaminster Young Farmers Club is for everybody to attend, you don't have to be a farmer.

Activities include socialising, learning new skills, trying new things and having fun.

The club also participates in several rallies and events throughout the year.

For further information about Beaminster Young Farmers Club, visit