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Whitecairns woman's final event brings tips total over £26,000

By Kirsty Brown

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A WOMAN from Whitecairns has raised over £26,000 for people living with cancer by hosting two decades of coffee mornings for Macmillan Cancer Support.

After 20 years, Mary Watson held her final coffee morning this year at her home in Whitecairns, bringing her final total to £26,072.

She was first inspired to get involved in the campaign in the year 2000 to give something back after her family received a lot of support from Macmillan nurses during her brother’s cancer diagnosis, and after opening her home to the community every year since Mary has become synonymous with the charity’s event.

Speaking after her last event, she said: “It will be sad to say goodbye as it’s something that I really enjoy.

“I’m so pleased to have raised such a good amount for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Every pound counts and will make such a difference to people living with cancer.

“I want to thank everyone who came and made it such a success. “

To celebrate Mary’s dedicated efforts in the campaign, North of Scotland Fundraising manager Louise Mackay said: “It was a real pleasure to thank Mary, her team of helpers and guests on the day, having a chance to share the impact of what their support means to a person living with cancer and to give Mary a good send off was the icing on the cake.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity which relies almost entirely on donations like Mary’s to allow them to support the growing number of people being diagnosed with cancer - somebody in the UK is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes.

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