Fundraiser shines light on Keith charity
A CHARITY which supports people with cancer in the Keith and surrounding areas has been handed £3762 thanks to one man's bright idea.
Keith Cancer Link was presented with the money by Callum Stuart, whose annual festive illuminations draw people from far and wide.
Callum (21) lives with his granny Jessie and every year he decorates their Seafield Park home with an eye-catching display.
A donation box on the front wall enables visitors to support a local charity and this year Keith Cancer Link was the chosen recipient.
Callum, who already has a few plans for his 2020 display, said he was delighted with the amount raised.
He said: "There has always been a buzz about it but it really took off this year. I wanted a local charity and, when I asked around, I heard only good things about the work that they do."
Keith Cancer Link chairman Adeline Reid thanked Callum and his granny for the fantastic donation, which will bring much-needed support to local people.
She said: "The display from the lights, the sculptures and nativity scene was a joy to us all at Christmas.
"The hard work involved was second-to-none and praise not only to Callum but granny Jessie and girlfriend Kayleigh. People came from all over to witness the splendour and donate to a worthy cause.
"Our charity has been established for 37 years and gives support to people with cancer and cancer-related illnesses in the Keith and District areas who are registered with the Keith Health Centre Practice."
A major comfort is the charity's transport service, which escorts people to hospitals for treatments, clinics and therapies. Journeys are made to hospitals across the Moray and Banffshire areas as well as to Aberdeen and Inverness.
With some people having to travel for up to six weeks at a time for treatment, the caring door-to-door service makes a huge difference. It also enables patients to enjoy quality time with their loved ones who can accompany them on the journey.
The transport service is funded from donations and the charity is run by volunteers. A buddying system is in place and a telephone list allows members to be available for support at all times.
You can visit www.keithcancerlink.org.uk for more information.