A glittering evening of music, hosted by Aberdeen woman Carol Norrie, has raised more than £12,000 for CLAN Cancer Support.
The dinner dance, which took place at the Chester Hotel in Aberdeen, was the first fundraising event that Carol has organised for the charity.
Following the success of the event Carol said:
“My father, Dave Allan, was diagnosed with lung cancer in June. Following his diagnosis and treatment, I visited CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen and was really impressed by the services offered to individuals and families affected by cancer. I came away determined to do anything I could to help to make a difference.
“Many people I spoke to who had been affected by cancer were unaware of the services that CLAN offers, and some believed CLAN provided respite care. I wanted to do anything I could to increase awareness of the services offered at CLAN House and CLAN Haven.
“As a guitarist and singer from the age of 12, my father has a great passion for music so I saw an opportunity to base an event around music and invite local artists to attend. I was delighted when Oliver Richards, Colin Newbury and Cameron Jay agreed to lend their support.”
Carol’s family also has a special connection with CLAN Cancer Support, with Carol’s parents Dave and Marion having been married in Rosemount Parish Church, CLAN’s former Aberdeen base, in 1971, and both Carol and her brother, David, were also christened in the church.
“Our family connections with CLAN just cemented the feeling that I needed to do all that I could to support this fantastic charity. I was overwhelmed by the support from friends, family and local companies, and to raise more than £12,000 was a wonderful feeling.
“I certainly won’t be stopping there though, my husband now volunteers at CLAN and I’m already looking towards my next fundraising challenge. I don’t know what that might be but I already have lots of ideas!”
Dr Colette Backwell, chief executive of CLAN Cancer Support, said:
“We are delighted that Carol’s dinner was such a success and wish to thank Carol and her family for selecting CLAN as the beneficiary for the evening. The enthusiasm and commitment shown by Carol, her family and friends, towards CLAN is inspiring.”
CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.
Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.
For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit www.clanhouse.org
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