Brave gran’s silence vow
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