Mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence for Marie Curie

Group con­tinue to pull in the cash

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

They have only been on the go for a lit­tle over one year — but al­ready the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Fundrais­ing Group for Marie Curie have made a big im­pact.

Since start­ing up in June 2014, they have pulled in over £11,000 for the good cause.

Next up is a spe­cial quiz night this com­ing Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 3) at Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club, fea­tur­ing var­i­ous games and raf­fles on the night along with the quiz.

It’s the latest fundraiser for the group, who have held var­i­ous events since form­ing that in­clude daf­fodil teas, col­lec­tions at Su­per­drug, a kart­ing evening at Cam­bus­lang and an out­ing at Blair­beth Golf Club.

Group sec­re­tary Fiona Brown has been in­volved with the over­all Marie Curie char­ity for over a decade, since her mum Chrissie passed away from can­cer. She was ea­ger to get in­volved in the group when it first started last June.

She said: “The idea was to bring lo­cal sup­port­ers of Marie Curie to­gether, so that we could en­sure it was rep­re­sented in the area and help in­crease aware­ness.

“That means that we’ll get in­volved in help­ing other events and in pro­vid­ing a pres­ence, both at lo­cal events and also with na­tional ap­peals, like the daf­fodil ap­peal.

“It’s been a re­ally big year vand there’s been some fan­tas­tic gen­eros­ity from peo­ple in the area.

“Last Oc­to­ber, we de­cided to hold an en­durance race at Cam­bus­lang Kart­ing, be­cause my fam­ily are in­volved in it, and we raised over £2000 on the night.

“For this year, we thought we’d do some­thing dif­fer­ent as the Oc­to­ber event, and that’s why we de­cided to do the quiz.

“Our chair­per­son Fran­cis Swin­burne has had ex­pe­ri­ence of run­ning quiz nights in the past, so it seemed some­thing that we should try, and it should be a re­ally fun night.”

One thing Fiona has found over the past months is that even the small­est do­na­tions can all add up.

“We were do­ing a col­lec­tion at Tesco ear­lier this year, and made over £1,000 just from change go­ing into the buck­ets.

“It can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence - ev­ery £20 raised will fund an hour of home nurs­ing care.

“All the vol­un­teers work very hard in help­ing out, and we’re all grate­ful for the sup­port we’ve had.”

Marie Curie pro­vide free care and sup­port to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

Tick­ets are £ 5 for the quiz night and can be bought in ad­vance through www. face­book. com/ Mar ieCur ieCam­bus­lan­gand Ru t h e r g l e n , b y ema i l i n g mariecuriecam­ or by call­ing Fiona on 07949 812 351.

All Smiles Vol­un­teers hav­ing fun as they raised cash

Yes For Yel­low

Clare Grand and Fiona Brown help out

Su­per Cause A col­lec­tion at Su­per­drug in Au­gust 2014

Can Col­lec­tion Two vol­un­teers at an ap­peal

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