A Thornbury fundraising committee is celebrating after hitting a huge milestone.

The Thornbury and District Committee, who support Cancer Research UK, have raised £800,000 for the charity.

They have been fundraising since 1977, holding numerous events such as wine tasting, quiz nights and their Autumn Fair.

Lynfa Fisher, chair of Thornbury and District Committee, said: “We are very proud that our Committee have achieved this £800,000 milestone.

"Our founding member Mary set up the committee 42 years ago and is still a strong and active member today. I joined 12 years ago having lost loved ones to cancer and became Chairperson in 2017, in the hope that I can continue the great work that we have built upon so far.

"I would like to thank the generosity of the people in Thornbury who have helped us reach this amount. To get to this fantastic milestone, it has taken the hard work and dedication of our amazing team of volunteers, who all pull together and support each other to help in the fight against cancer.”

Laura Rankin, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager, said: “The Thornbury and District Committee have made a huge contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work over the past 42 years and we are incredibly grateful for their support.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

"Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

"However, we have only been able to achieve this thanks to the dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like the Thornbury and District Committee without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving research.”