Brave gran’s si­lence vow

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Strat­ton Wil­liams

A breast can­cer sur­vivor from Fern­hill is tak­ing a vow of si­lence to raise money for char­ity.

Brave Frances Dun­can (74), who ad­mits she “likes a natter,” will not talk for an hour in aid of two groups.

A brave Fern­hill grand­mother who had a breast re­moved af­ter de­vel­op­ing can­cer is stay­ing silent – to raise char­ity cash.

Frances Dun­can, who “likes to have a natter,” is do­ing a spon­sored si­lence to raise money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port and the Beat­son In­sti­tute.

The 74- year- old grand­mother was di­ag­nosed with breast lumps in June fol­low­ing a rou­tine mam­mo­gram.

She then had a mas­tec­tomy in the Vic­to­ria In­fir­mary in July.

“Af­ter hav­ing my op­er­a­tion I at­tended the Beat­son for three weeks of ra­dio­ther­apy. See­ing the ef­fects of can­cer on the peo­ple I met made me de­cide to do some­thing as a thank you to those who helped me.

“I in­tended to do a swim, but fell in the house and that ruled it out,” said Frances, of Castle­fern Road.

“But ev­ery­one who knows me will tell you that I like a blether – some say I can talk for the uni­verse.

“So, be­lieve me, stay­ing silent for an hour will be quite an achieve­ment.”

Frances says that as well as her own ex­pe­ri­ence she was driven to do some­thing in mem­ory of her best friend who died of lung can­cer.

“I lost my friend, Joan Steven­son, five years ago and felt I didn’t do enough to re­mem­ber her by. So this is for her too.

“I’ve been lucky be­cause I seem fine now – but it doesn’t al­ways work out like that for oth­ers,” she said.

Frances is mar­ried to An­drew and they have two daugh­ters, Ali­son and Les­ley and two grand­daugh­ters, Rachel and Amy.

“An­drew is re­ally sup­port­ive – but he gets fed up lis­ten­ing to me,” Frances joked.

She is car­ry­ing out her spon­sored si­lence next Mon­day, Novem­ber 2, in MD Green the chemist’s shop in Fern­hill.

“I’m just try­ing to raise as much money as I can, so any­one who would like to con­trib­ute would be much ap­pre­ci­ated,” Frances added.

Shhh Can­cer sur­vivor Frances Dun­can is tak­ing part in a spon­sored si­lence

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