A Forres mum raised nearly £2000 for a charity that helped her friend recover from cancer.
Pupil support assistant, Linsey Murray, organised an evening of music and a raffle at Kinloss Golf Club in aid of Maggie’s Centres, a network of drop-ins across the UK that provide support for people with cancer, their family and friends.
Linsey said: “We raised an astounding £1800, made up of just short of £1000 on the night and the rest from generous donations. The money has been shared between the Maggie’s in Inverness and Edinburgh where my good friend and her parents had amazing support while she went through breast cancer.”
She added: “I was blown away by the generous donations and the total raised. It’s a large amount for a charity that relies entirely on donations.”
Maggie’s Centres are built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals with professional staff on hand to offer support. They provide practical advice about benefits and eating well, emotional support, places to meet other people or where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.
The first Maggie’s opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and there are now 20 around the UK and abroad. Maggie’s also has an Online Centre.
“They are an amazing charity” said Linsey.
Linsey’s fundraiser featured live music from local covers band Lydian Groove and a raffle made up prizes ranging from Gordon Castle Gin to PDG Helicopters trips. A number of local businesses including Babalu, Lisa’s Barber Shop and designer Donna Wilson also contributed.
“A huge thank you so much to all who supported us,” finished Linsey. “And for all the generous raffle prizes.”