The original Charity was formed in 1991 as The Ron Smith Appeal by Margaret Smith of Colwyn Bay in memory of her late husband Ron. The aim was to raise funds to assist with the establishment of a Cancer Treatment Centre for North Wales, for at that time patients from all over North Wales had to travel to Clatterbridge on The Wirral.
In June 2000 Margaret’s initial ambition was achieved and The North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre opened at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, providing radiotherapy to cancer patients from all over North Wales. Margaret worked tirelessly for the cause and in 1998 was awarded the MBE for her efforts.
By 2003 the appeal had exceeded their £2 million target and contributed £900,000 to the purchase of a new Linear Accelerator Radiotherapy machine. Margaret sadly passed away in 2006 and the Appeal was re-named The Ron & Margaret Smith Cancer Appeal and fundraising continued in her and Ron’s memory. Indeed in 2006 the Appeal donated £500,000 towards the purchase of a new CT scanner and £50,000 for a Swallowing Workstation.
In total, since 1991, through the endeavours of a hardworking and dedicated team of volunteers, the Appeal has raised just over £3 million, all of which has been used for the purchase of specific equipment and the financing of important projects for the benefit of The North Wales Cancer Centre.