Local people and businesses are being encouraged to go purple for the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal.
The fundraising team is holding its second Big Purple Day on Friday 12 July, with the support of the North Devon Gazette.
“Big Purple Day is all about having fun and doing something a little bit different to help improve cancer services for people in North Devon for generations to come,” said Julie Whitton, fundraising officer.
“At our Big Purple Day in 2012, staff from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, local businesses and schools all got into the spirit by taking part in purple activities, such as wearing purple clothing, selling purple cakes and displaying purple balloons.
“The Big Sheep even sprayed a sheep purple to raise awareness.
“It was a fantastic day, and it would be great if local people could get involved and let us know what purple events they are planning this year.”
The Marshals pub in Boutport Street, Barnstaple, has been organising purple events throughout the year, selling purple cakes and wearing purple clothes.
One of its customers, John Cutler, has organised a sponsored walk from Minehead to Clovelly as well as a Real Ale Trail along the Tarka Line.
Two pupils at Swimbridge Primary School, Louis Gubb and Summer Lakeman, had their faces painted for the Appeal.
Paula Swanson, a mealtime assistant at the school who is making purple cakes, said: “I would encourage everyone to take part and go purple for the day, have fun and raise lots of money for the Chemotherapy Appeal.”
All the money raised will go towards the campaign to build a new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at North Devon District Hospital.
The Appeal has so far banked £1.56million towards the £2.2million target, leaving Julie and the fundraising team overwhelmed by the continued support shown by local people.
She said: “The target is in sight, and it would fantastic if the local community could get behind our 2013 Big Purple Day to help with the push to raise the final £700,000.
“The Appeal is at an exciting stage as the plans have now been approved by the Trust and building work could start in the autumn.”
The new unit will be linked to the main hospital building and will have its own entrance and drop-off point, reception and waiting area, consulting rooms for haematology and oncology outpatients, two open plan rooms for chemotherapy and other treatments as well as two separate en-suite treatment rooms.
Other features include pre-treatment rooms, a quiet room, staff room and courtyard area.