Islanders have been finding innovative ways to raise money for an old friend and former resident who is battling cancer.

More than £6,000 has been raised during a variety of events to help Anna Hambrook fund an innovative treatment which is not available on the NHS. Anna is the daughter of Graham and Penny Browning, who ran Wingletang Guest House on St Mary's for many years.


Anna currently lives in Cornwall with her husband Dan, who spent his teenage years on Tresco, and their three children. Anna's friends from Cornwall have started fundraising to help her finance Immunotherapy and island residents have joined the effort by creating Scilly Hu-ha (Help Us Help Anna).


A series of events have been organised including a Steamband Tribute gig at the Scillonian Club, Golf Club competition, coffee morning and jumble sale.


Islanders have also taken part in the Ten 4 Ten challenge, the brainchild of pharmacist Helen Pearce, which involves doing something ten times then donating £10 and nominating three or four other people to do the same.


Individual challenges have included rowing 10km on a rowing machine, walking 10 miles round the coast of Scilly, baking ten recipes and creating a ten-person pyramid.


Anna and her family were recently told that a pharmaceutical company will provide the therapy she needs and she will begin the treatment towards the end of this month. Meanwhile, her friends will continue to raise funds throughout the summer.


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