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Meldrum House event the Carole Macpherson Memorial Fundraiser raises incredible £25,000 for charity

By Lewis McBlane

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A MELDRUM House event hosted by a north-east businessman has raised £25,000 for charity.

Scott Macpherson and Annabel Sall on the night of the event.
Scott Macpherson and Annabel Sall on the night of the event.

The Carole Macpherson Memorial Fundraiser, was held at the country hotel near Oldmeldrum in honour of Aberdeen businessman Scott Macpherson's late wife.

Carole Macpherson lost her life to Secondary Breast Cancer (SBC) in July 2020, which led Mr Macpherson to throw the golf and dinner event to help others affected by SBC.

Two SBC charities benefited from the fundraiser, Met Up UK and Make 2nds Count.

In total, 160 guests turned up to support the cause, with 28 golfers playing during the event's nine hole round.

Scott Macpherson said: “Carole was the life and soul of us all and she was such a caring and giving person.

"With only 20 of her closest friends and family permitted to attend her funeral, due to Covid restrictions, I wanted to do something in her honour that she would have loved.

"She loved a party and loved people coming together. “

The event also benefitted from the assistance of Aberdeen PR firm thinkPR, which created the brand for the event and promoted it.

thinkPR CEO Annabel Sall said: “We were extremely proud to support this event.

"I first met Scott when I was in Dubai on business and supported his business with marketing, so when he approached us last year with his story – although tragic – it was something we could all relate to.

"Without question, we agreed to give our voluntary support.

"We created the brand and coordinated the event management of the day and evening events and were blown away by the generosity and success of the event.”

Both Met Up UK and Make 2nds Count said they were honoured to have been chosen to benefit from the Carole Macpherson Memorial Fundraiser, as the funds raised will allow them to continue supporting many more families impacted by SBC.

Lisa Fleming, founder of Make 2nds Count, said: “Carole’s story resonates with all of us at Make 2nds Count as another beautiful woman is taken too soon by the cruel reality of this disease.

“We are thankful to have been chosen to benefit from this inspirational event which will allow us to support more people living with the same devastating diagnosis that Carole received – and provide hope that we can do something positive for patients through helping to finance research into secondary breast cancer.”

Founder of Met Up UK Jo Taylor, who spoke at the event, said: “I was honoured to be invited to attend the Carole Macpherson Memorial Fundraiser in honour of such a beautiful and kind woman and to shed some light on why as the only patient advocacy group in the UK, we campaign so strongly for SBC patients.

“Every day 31 women lose their lives to SBC.

"At Met Up Uk, one of our aims is to help spread awareness of the disease in the hopes that the red flag signs and symptoms are spotted to ensure early diagnosis.”

The May 19 event had a black-tie dress code.

Kicking off with a nine hole round of golf, followed by a dinner and auction supported by Auction Direct, charity Auctioneer, Alex Fleming, was the evening’s keynote speaker.

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