Kind-hearted people who use a community education centre have raised a whopping sum for the new Maggie’s Centre.
The cash will pay the running costs for the first week after the facility opens next year.
It comes from a series of small-scale events organised over 18 months by staff and users of Camelon Community Education Centre – and all adds up to a mammoth £22,588.
Maggie’s Forth Valley is being built thanks to a £3 million donation from the charity Walk the Walk, but it will still require £3000 a day to operate.
Centres have opened up across the country and provide support to people with cancer, their families and friends. It can offer stress reduction and relaxation workshops, advice about benefits and eating well as well as specialist support for managing hair loss and skin care during and after treatment.
The fundraising was the brainchild of Linda Weatherly, community learning and development worker, after she saw an article in The Falkirk Herald about the planned centre.
She said: “After speaking to Maggie’s staff we found out they need nearly £3000 a day to cover running costs so we thought we would aim to raise £20,000.
“The community got behind us and we did numerous events including two pantomimes, Tangled Boots line dancing events, prize bingo, tea dance, sponsored bike ride, bag packing at Asda, handbag making class and bric-a-brac stall which sat in our reception and raised hundreds of pounds.”
Thanking everyone who helped with the fundraising, she added: “My one observation was that it brought the community who became involved closer together, everyone joined in for the single purpose of helping Maggie’s.”
Marion Taylor, community fundraiser for Maggie’s Forth Valley, said: “To have raised enough to sponsor-a-week is nothing short of extraordinary.“