Char­ity push in­spired by brave Laura raises whop­ping £20,000

The Oban Times - - News - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­

A CHAR­ITY auc­tion and ceilidh at North Con­nel Hall raised £20,000 for CLIC Sar­gent and the Antony Nolan Trust, plus £1,200 more for the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity.

The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the Novem­ber event is lo­cal teenager Laura Campbell, who was di­ag­nosed with leukemia for the third time in her life.

But thanks to a stem cell donor, she un­der­went a bone mar­row trans­plant in Oc­to­ber.

Last year Laura and her friends be­gan a cam­paign to re­cruit more life­sav­ing blood donors to en­list on the An­thony Nolan stem cell regis­ter, and many fundraised for CLIC Sar­gent, which sup­ports young can­cer suf­fer­ers.

John Sweeney, watch man­ager for Oban’s Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said an in­cred­i­ble 212 peo­ple had joined the regis­ter as a re­sult of the cam­paign, and, with each en­try cost­ing £70, the ceilidh will cover the costs.

Ev­ery­thing at the event was do­nated for free, in­clud­ing the hall, food and mu­sic.

Raf­fle gifts raised £4,000, while the auc­tion raised more than £ 5,000. Lo­cal pri­mary school chil­dren also baked cakes to sell around North Con­nel, rais­ing £150, and an anony­mous bene­fac­tor posted or­gan­is­ers a £ 5,000 cheque.

A raf­fle ear­lier in the month at Pop­pies Gar­den Cen­tre near Dun­beg, or­gan­ised by own­ers Gary and Mar­ion McPher­son, also raised £640 to­wards the to­tal.

‘We started off aim­ing for £ 5,000,’ said fundraiser Archie Cameron, ‘then we got a do­na­tion of £ 5,000, which set us up for £10,000, and it just kept go­ing. We didn’t know where to stop.’

Laura’s grand­fa­ther, Ron­nie Campbell, thanked all those who do­nated and fundraised, in par­tic­u­lar Archie, with­out whom, he said, the ‘amaz­ing’ event would not have hap­pened.

Mem­bers of Laura Campbell’s fam­ily and fundrais­ing team present their cheques to­talling £21,200. Left to right, Bel Cameron, Gail Cameron, Anne McFadyen, Royal Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren clin­i­cal nurse Jane Bel­more, Archie Cameron, Joyce Brown of CLIC Sar­gent, Gary McPher­son, Laura Campbell, Gemma Mac­don­ald, Iso­bel Campbell, John Sweeney, Rhoda Campbell and Don­nie Campbell.

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