Raymond raises money for life

Run Balmoral: Raymond taking part in the TAQA Diamond Jubilee Mile
Run Balmoral: Raymond taking part in the TAQA Diamond Jubilee Mile
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An Inverurie man has raised more than £900 for a local cancer charity after surviving his battle with oesophageal cancer.

Raymond Mitchell (64) was diagnosed the day before his birthday in April 2011 and following surgery and intense chemotherapy he decided to raise money for GASTROCAN, a local charity which raises money specifically for research into stomach and oesophageal cancer.

The money was generated by various fundraising efforts including family friends who held parties with donations to GASTROCAN in lieu of gifts, and the Black Bull Inn were also instrumental in raising funds for Raymond and his family who completed the TAQA ‘Diamond Jubilee Mile’ at the annual Run Balmoral event.

Raymond said: “Crossing the finish line at Balmoral was a fantastic feeling and to be able to hand over £900 is just the icing on the cake.

“I wasn’t able to run the whole course, but I saved my energy for a sprint finish! This time last year I was in a very different position and the prognosis wasn’t exactly the best but thanks to the fantastic team at ARI I am here today.

“Raising awareness of oesophageal cancer is vital as it is such a serious form of the disease.”

To find out more about the disease which has a one-in-ten survival rate, visit www.gastrocan.org.uk.