Mid Ar­gyll warmth shines through for the Beatson

Gen­er­ous sup­port from com­mu­ni­ties sees raf­fle raise £6,500

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Colin Cameron edi­[email protected]@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

The day after the win­ter sol­stice may have been dre­ich, show­ery and on the chilly side, but hu­man kind­ness and gen­eros­ity bright­ened the gloom for two Mid Ar­gyll ladies.

Since Novem­ber Maria MacKen­zie and Yvie Young have been run­ning a raf­fle for the Beatson Can­cer Char­ity. Their ef­forts came to a stun­ning cli­max when the draw was made – and it was re­vealed they had raised thou­sands for the char­ity.

The Beatson is a cause close to the hearts of both women. Maria, owner of Icon hair­dressers in Lochgilp­head, spent six weeks at­tend­ing the Beatson cen­tre in Glas­gow to re­ceive chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy after she dis­cov­ered a lump on her neck that turned out to be can­cer­ous.

Mid Ar­gyll Hos­pi­tal nurse Yvie is cur­rently go­ing through treat­ment at the Beatson for breast can­cer.

They joined forces to col­lect money after wit­ness­ing the work that goes on at the Glas­gow cen­tre. Yvie said: ‘It has been a huge sup­port and the ser­vices and treat­ment are free. It is just such a great place,’ she said.

Maria added. ‘The Beatson is just a spe­cial place, so we wanted to put some­thing back.’

With the gen­er­ous sup­port of busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als across Mid Ar­gyll and fur­ther afield, a huge num­ber of out­stand­ing raf­fle prizes were gath­ered – from gift vouch­ers to bot­tles of Prosecco and from cheese ham­pers to a Rangers polo shirt signed by for­mer player Na­cho Novo.

A sep­a­rate auc­tion for Rangers tick­ets for an Old Firm game sat at £350.

The grand draw was made in Icon Hair­dressers on Satur­day De­cem­ber 22 and there was a nice Christ­mas present for first name out of the hat, Cathy Gil­lies from Lochgilp­head, when she pock­eted £300 in cash, fol­lowed by gin ham­per win­ner Morvern Mur­ray and Fiona Ma­cLeod who won £100.

A spe­cial pam­per ham­per went to lucky Lynsey Munro of In­ver­aray.

Speak­ing after the draw, Maria said: ‘It has gone amaz­ingly well and we are over­whelmed by the amount of sup­port we’ve had. Thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ported us.

In to­tal – with some cash still to come in – Maria and Yvie raised £6,500 for the Beatson Can­cer Char­ity.

And, in case you were won­der­ing, Lor­raine Mac­In­tyre from Ford was the lucky win­ner of the Na­cho Novo shirt.

Maria and Yvie were de­lighted with the huge amount of sup­port for their cam­paign. 06_a52Beat­sonRaf­fle05

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