WESSEX Cancer Trust bosses have today (Monday) said the charity 'has a future' — providing people continue to support its crisis appeal.

Trustees met on Thursday to discuss the financial future of the charity following the launch of an appeal to save it from closure.

The appeal to save its services — such as the Daisy Bus, for Isle of Wight cancer patients travelling to mainland hospital appointments — has so far raised £214,000 towards its £600,000 target.

Chair Barry Rinaldi said the charity was closing three mainland shops to save money.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to our crisis appeal," he said.

"At this halfway point, we are confident that if our local communities continue to support us, the Wessex Cancer Trust has a future.

“Alongside asking for donations, the trustees have been taking proactive action to secure our future. We continue to review our retail portfolio and explore opportunities to increase its profitability.

“To summarise, while we are making good progress with the appeal and are in a position to look to the future, we are still in a delicate situation. "We want to emerge stronger and can only do this with your help."

The charity, which supports Isle of Wight people with cancer, last year saw a 65 per cent drop in legacy donations and 15 per cent fall in shop sales.

Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/campaign/savewessexcancertrust

Alternatively, to donate £10, text SAVEWESSEX to 70085