Maybole family raise vital charity cash

editorial image

A fundraising dance organised by a Maybole family has given a £3,310 boost to The Brain Tumour Charity.

Angela and Andy Jess put on the event in the Town Hall in memory of their daughter Meg who died from a brain tumour aged 41 in December 2013.

Angela told the Gazette: “I want to raise awareness of brain tumours and the funds we raised will hopefully help prevent other families going through what our family has gone through.

“We are very grateful to everyone who attended and helped us with the event. We are delighted with our total of £3,310.”

Angela and Andy would like to thank those who contributed: J Jamieson, J. Paterson, J.D. Thomson, J. Harper, G .Black, R. Shaw, D. McKay, SAS International, Po-King, Cutting Room, Co-op, Scruples, June Dunlop, Jane’s Deli, Lloyd’s Chemist, Dairy Corner, Scissor Hands, SPAR, Fisher’s Taxis, Dalduff, Lynne McCulloch, local farmers as well as Masonic Lodges No. 198 and No. 11, ABOD Maybole, Mr and Mrs Lester, Mr and Mrs Wallace. A special thanks to Dougie and Marion Barr for their hard work rasing funds for Pancreatic Cancer research.

Angela added: “The support we received was amazing and we would like to thank everyone who donated and those who attended the dance.”

Angela presented the cheque to Viv McBeth, the charity’s community fundraiser in Scotland. Also there were Meg’s children Emma, 13, Katie 8, Angela’s other granddaughter Angela, and great granddaughter Lily (pictured above).

Over 9,300 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK.

This year The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to investing £2.5million in world-class, pioneering research across the UK, making it significantly the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK.

The charity offers a comprehensive service to enable everyone with a brain tumour, their families and carers to receive the best support and information and achieve the highest quality of life possible.

Viv said: “We are grateful for all the efforts made by our incredible fundraisers and thank Angela and Andy for their support. Unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years. We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Angela and Andy we can change these shocking statistics and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”