Whipround raises £600

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A DUNDEE-BASED fac­tory has do­nated £600 to­wards a lo­cal wo­man’s life sav­ing can­cer treat­ment.

Tracey Burke, from Ardler, was di­ag­nosed with cer­vi­cal can­cer three years ago at the age of 27.

Her hus­band Greg set up a fundrais­ing drive on May 13 in a bid to raise cash to send her abroad for im­munother­apy cost­ing £90k – with a £70k de­posit needed.

A fundrais­ing page now sits at more than £88,000, de­spite only run­ning for a num­ber of weeks.

Now, work­ers at Tokheim – based at the city’s West Pitk­erro In­dus­trial Es­tate – have held a whipround for the 30-year-old.

The work­ers were able to do­nate £600 to­wards the treat­ment.

The de­ci­sion was taken shortly be­fore 11am when wind speeds reached 80mph, trig­ger­ing the pro­to­col that the bridge has to close to all ve­hi­cles.

Buses, high-sided ve­hi­cles, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans have been banned from the bridge since 6am when speeds reached 60mph.

A spokesman for the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board said they had taken the de­ci­sion after wind speeds were recorded at 82.4mph.

The spokesman added the bridge will re­main closed un­til it is safe to be re­opened.

Dun­do­nians are bat­ten­ing down the hatches as the area re­mains un­der a Met Office yel­low weather warn­ing while Storm Hec­tor bat­ters Tay­side.

A Met Office spokesman has said travel dis­rup­tion and struc­tural dam­age is a strong pos­si­bil­ity as the storm con­tin­ues to gather pace.

Heavy rain is also fore­cast al­though tem­per­a­tures re­main mild at 15-16 de­grees.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Luke Mial said: “Gusts of up to 70mph were ex­pected with reg­u­lar gusts of be­tween 50-60mph.

“Struc­tural dam­age to build­ings and travel dis­rup­tion re­main strong pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“Trees are also likely to be up­rooted, es­pe­cially as they are in full bloom and will trap the wind rather than hav­ing bare branches where the wind can blow through.

“The storm hit the north-west coast of Scot­land in the early hours of to­day and is gath­er­ing in strength as it moves east across the coun­try.

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