An Ellon group has raised more than £22,000 for cancer charities in a intensive fund-raising campaign spannning more than a year.
Members of Skelpin Cancer 2014 have been amazed by the support they have received from the local community which they say made their efforts so worthwhile.
None of us ever thought we would be able to raise such an amountLorna Keith Skelpin Cancer 2014
The group is made up of family and friends who have all been affected by cancer in some way, even during the campaign.
In November 2013, they got together to plan events and on-going projects to take place during 2014 and came up with the name ‘Skelpin’ Cancer 2014’.
Members then worked together to organise the first major fundraiser, a ceilidh in March for Friends of Anchor, followed by a Games Night and sponsored leg wax done on the night by Grant Campbell for UCAN.
Then a bake sale was held in April and a ‘Station to Station’ sponsored walk in August, followed by the last major project - the Rewind Ellon disco for Cancer Research in November.
In addition the group held two Rag Bag collections, a bonus ball scheme running throughout the year, collections of coins in many homes and workplaces, and a ‘Guess the Bear’s Birthday’ running for several months.
Several members also challenged themselves by taking part in sponsored events, including Race for Life for Cancer Research.
Group spokeswoman Lorna Keith said: “We were all delighted and very humbled by the generosity of families, friends, local businesses and the people of Ellon which made all of our efforts so worthwhile.
“I would like to personally thank each and every member of our group.
“Their unending dedication to the cause during the year, their creativity in thinking up ways of adding to our fund, the enthusiasm they put in to each initiative, as well as the time and effort spent, was absolutely amazing.
“None of us ever thought we would be able to raise such an amount.”
A total of £22,715 was gathered by end of the year.
Nearly £6000 has already been sent directly to charities through the sponsored events, with the remaining amount being split between 11 organisations.
Money has now been distributed to the following causes: Friends of Anchor, UCAN, Marie Curie, Macmillan, CLIC Sergeant, CLAN, Roxburghe House, Cancer Research, Maggie’s Aberdeen, to Aberdeen University research into breast cancer and to Zach’s Bed.