Big-hearted staff and users of Camelon Community Education Centre are well on course to reach their fundraising target for a cancer centre.
A group from the community centre started a drive to raise £21,000 for the new £3 million Maggie’s Centre which will open in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital next year.
Already more than £12,000 has been raised through a series of activities and events and there’s plenty more in the pipeline to make up the final £8000.
Community education worker Linda Weatherly said: “We chose to raise £21,000 because that’s how much it will cost to run the centre for one week when it opens. We thought that was an achievable target and we’re confident we’ll reach it.
“We’ve had lot of help during this campaign from the whole community and everyone who uses the centre, but we need to keep going and organise more events.
“While it’s for a great cause, the campaign has really brought the community together. If it wasn’t for the community we wouldn’t have anything.”
On the fundraising agenda is a sponsored bungee jump in Perth, a fun zumba/burlesque event on May 24 and a charity line dance on June 7, while staff member Pauline Irvine and her husband Todd are doing the Trossachs Ton cycle on June 16.
A donated mountain bike was recently raffled raising £177. The centre is also stocked up with donated goods for sale and other local groups have helped out holding events.
The site of the new centre, which will provide a base for a support and information service for cancer sufferers, is within the 70 acres of grounds owned by NHS Forth Valley and will be a short walk from the £300 million hospital.