Grangemouth cake sales add up to a sweet sum for Beatson

Charity baker Lorna Fitzcharles (centre) with Carol and Margaret
Charity baker Lorna Fitzcharles (centre) with Carol and Margaret

A Grangemouth woman has been cooking up a storm and dancing her heart out to raise money for her favourite cause.

Lorna Fitzcharles, of Overton Road, has collected over £10,000 for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre over the past five years, with the majority of the money being raised from sales of cakes, jam and chutneys.

And the money that tipped the funds over the £10,000 came from a Zumba fundraiser a few weeks ago in Larbert’s Dobbie Hall.

Over 50 enthusiasts, including Lorna herself, danced the night away to raise around £1400 for the cause.

Lorna said: “I’ve been selling the cakes and jams for about five years now.

“It’s really just been through word of mouth that people buy them, but I also go to local fetes twice a year.

“When I’ve been selling a lot, I could be in the kitchen for 10 to 12 hours a day.

“I’ve raised over £9000 from the cakes, jams and chutneys - but they are good, I think!”

Lorna has been working hard to raise money for the Beatson ever since she received treatment there seven years ago.

Suffering from Hodgkin’s disease, she received over 20 chemotherapy sessions and says that she couldn’t fault the care and attention she received.

Lorna said: “The staff at the Beatson are excellent, and I wanted to pay them back somehow.

“When it started out, I thought I’d maybe raise about £500.

“I have been really happy with the amount I’ve made, but it’s been a lot of baking.”

Carol Callander, Lorna’s Zumba instructor for the past two years, said: “Her total so far is amazing for just one person.

“We were so inspired by her commitment and passion that we decided to combine our efforts and hold the Zumba Gold fundraiser to help her reach her personal target of £10,000.

“We’ve also recently had one of our participant’s sons undergo a charity leg wax to help raise a considerable amount towards the total.”

“Lorna works tirelessly for this charity and she is very humble indeed.’’

For more information on the Beatson, visit www.beatson.scot.nhs.uk.