A tea-riffic way to get cash for Larbert Maggie’s

Nina Barough, chief executiveof charity  Walk the Walk; Sharon O'Loan, fundraising director Maggie's and fundraiser Fiona Barrowman from Stenhousemuir
Nina Barough, chief executiveof charity Walk the Walk; Sharon O'Loan, fundraising director Maggie's and fundraiser Fiona Barrowman from Stenhousemuir

A woman who knows the benefit the new Maggie’s Centre will bring has served up a funding boost for the facility.

Fiona Barrowman travels to Edinburgh three times a month from her Stenhousemuir home to use the centre in the capital.

Her husband Campbell (65) is being treated for metastic prostate cancer and, as his carer, she values the support she receives from Maggie’s.

However, she is delighted the new centre is being built in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, almost on her doorstep, cutting travelling time drastically.

On the eve of last week’s ground breaking ceremony, Fiona held an afternoon tea at Glenbervie House Hotel, and raised £5200 for the charity.

The cash will go towards running Maggie’s Forth Valley when it opens next year.

Although the charity Walk the Walk has given £3 million towards the building and set up costs of the iconic centre currently under construction on the edge of Larbert loch, it will cost £350,000 a year tokeep it going.

Fiona (63) said: “The afternoon tea went exceptionally well and I am delighted to be able to donate this money to Maggie’s. I know what Maggie’s has to offer people affected by cancer and what a huge difference having a centre on our doorstep is going to make to people in the area.”

Around 170 people attended the event which she organised with friend Fiona Green and other volunteers, plus the support of Glenbervie House management and staff.

Thanking everyone for their help, Marion Taylor, Maggie’s Forth Valley centre fundraiser, said: “It will be wonderful to welcome people with cancer and their family and friends to a beautiful, purpose-built centre.”