Coldstream ladies raise £40K for charity

A group of Coldstream ladies which has raised almost £40,000 for charities has handed over the proceeds of its latest fundraising dinner.

Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 2:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 2:30 pm

Its bird-themed dinners have become much-anticipated events in recent years, and its latest was held in Coldstream Community Centre.

The dinner, served by a team of ex-Coldstreamers, featured an auction, entertainment and raffle, raising more than £5,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie.

This year, an extra event, an auction of a special whisky collection held at Coldstream Golf Club, added £2,417 to the amount raised.

Group committee members Linda Holmes, Sally Campbell, Carol Anderson, Susan Tait and Karen Mackinley have organised six bird-themed dinners to raise money for cancer charities over the years, raising £39,479 altogether.

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They handed over £3,922 to the Macmillan centre at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose and £3,922 to Marie Curie’s Borders branch.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Macmillan centre, Claire Irvine, a nurse for the cancer support facility, said: “Chemotherapy services are provided within a purpose-built area within the Borders Macmillan centre and the majority of Borders patients now receive chemotherapy locally.

“The unit was opened in 2003 and, although it still meets service demands, it would benefit from refurbishment and redesign to ensure the space we have will be used in the most appropriate way.

“This donation will go towards work identified as part of this review.”

Fiona Beaton, a community fundraiser for Marie Curie’s Borders branch, said: “The money will be used for nursing care for terminally-ill patients in the Borders.

Explaining why the group chose Marie Curie, Linda said: “They provide so much help for people with life-threatening illnesses, from practical care such as help with equipping a room for people to be nursed at home to financial advice for those who are struggling.

“The home nursing is especially important, bringing light in the darkest hours.”