Whipround raises £600
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.