Marie Curie group raises £4400

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The Ayrshire Fundraising Group held their Annual Luncheon for Marie Curie Cancer Care on Wednesday 2nd May. With 175 people attending the event, which this year was held at Enterkine House Hotel, the Lunch was a brilliant success raising £4400 for the local Marie Curie Nursing Service.

The Lunch this year was entitled “Gallow Tales and Carrick Skullduggery” and featured guest speakers; Historic Novelist and Journalist Katie Grant and Founder of Black Raven Living History Denis Reid.

Katie gave an interesting and humorous account of her life as a Historical Novelist which started thanks to her own family history. Her Great Uncle Frank was the last person to be hung, drawn and quartered, his treason being to support Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Denis delivered a colourful insight on Sir Gilbert Kennedy IVth Earl of Cassillis, the King of Carrick and notoriously known as the most dangerous man in Carrick waging bloody deeds against his cousin Kennedy of Bargany.

Kate Anderson, Chair of the group said, “We are delighted that the Lunch was such a great success this year. We would like to thank everyone who supported the event especially to those who donated raffle prizes and especially to Stairway Trees and Catkins Flowers for their generous donations. ”

Marie Curie Nurse Liz Jelly attended the lunch and gave a talk on her work in the local area and Provost Winifred Sloan officially closed the event by giving a wonderful vote of thanks.

If you would like to find out more about future events for Marie Curie Cancer Care please contact the Marie Curie Fundraising Office in Prestwick on 01292 478328 or email

For more information about Marie Curie Cancer Care, please visit or call 08700 340 040.