Nearly £86,000 raised for Cancer Research UK

Committee members of the Lewis Branch Cancer Research UK celebrate thier amazing 2013 fundraising total.

Committee members of the Lewis Branch Cancer Research UK celebrate thier amazing 2013 fundraising total.

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Over £85,000 is how much money was raised by the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK last year – thanks to islanders’ generosity.

And the total of £85,791 has amazed even the fundraisers themselves, as branch Chair Kay Mackay said: “We are absolutely amazed by our total from last year, it’s the most we’ve ever received!

“We work very hard as a committee but it’s the public generosity which has achieved this,” she continued.

“We had a fantastic response to our Door-to-Door week last August which had people collecting in every village and brought in £15,400; our Las Vegas Casino Night raised £6,000, and last year the ‘Blones Do Ben Nevis’ event raised £20,000 – and this is as well as many other fundraising events and initiatives which took places throughout the year.”

Kay added: “We want to thank the public for their support in so many ways, from individuals to local businesses. In Cancer Research UK any committee which raises over £40,000 a year is called a ‘Cherish Committee’, and those in Scotland, and down in London, can’t get over the amount we raise every year from such a small population.”

Indeed, Cancer Research UK Senior Manager Trudy Stammers commented: “2013 has been an amazing year of fundraising on the Isle of Lewis for Cancer Research UK and We would like to say a huge thank-you to Kay, the Isle of Lewis Committee and the generous people on Lewis for their support.

“Thanks to support like this, Cancer Research UK spent around £34million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

“As one of our longest service Cancer Research UK fundraising groups; the Isle of Lewis has been fundraising since 1975, and the generosity of the people on Lewis is helping us to beat cancer sooner,” Trudy said, adding: “Moran taing from Cancer Research UK!”