Ellon Mums gear up for cancer fight-back

Back row: Donna Thom with Martha, Victoria McElvar with Ruaridh, Denise Thomson with Ellie, Paula Niven with Noah, Roxanne Hadley with Nevan, Julie Emslie with Orla; Front row: Jay Thomson, Jackson Niven
Back row: Donna Thom with Martha, Victoria McElvar with Ruaridh, Denise Thomson with Ellie, Paula Niven with Noah, Roxanne Hadley with Nevan, Julie Emslie with Orla; Front row: Jay Thomson, Jackson Niven
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A group of mums in Ellon and their little ones are calling on residents to make a stand against cancer during an annual fundraising event next week.

Local mums Victoria McElvar, Donna Thom, Julie Emslie, Roxanne Hadley, Paula Niven, Denise Thomson and their children ranging from 8 months to 8-years-old have teamed up with Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to launch the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

The ladies are urging people to raise funds for vital research on Friday, October 17. Victoria McElvar, mum of Lomond, 2, and Ruaridh, 10 months, has experienced the devastation that can be caused from cancer.

Victoria said: “My dad passed away after a long battle with cancer last year. Thanks to research he was able to spend extra time with his eldest grandson Lomond but he never got to meet his youngest grandson, Ruaridh.

“I don’t want either of my two boys to lose anyone else to cancer. We need to fight back by raising money so that research can be translated into treatments that will help families stay together longer.”

The campaign funds translational research which involves turning breakthroughs in the lab into breakthroughs in hospitals within three years.

Cancer Research UK fundraising manager Fiona Harvey added: “We have the knowledge and we have the technology – all we need is the money to help turn that into real-life treatments.”

Sign up for a free fundraising kit at standuptocancer.org.uk.