Marie’s Angels raise money for ward 32
The Fenton family from Carnoustie raised £22,000 for ward 32 at Ninewells Hospital.
Marie Fenton, who sadly died last year aged 50, started fundraising for a cool cap machine. When she passed away her family continued her fundraising efforts and raised a whopping £22,000.
Marie’s daughter Suszi said, “Our mum wanted to raise money for ward 32. She organised a raffle and BBQ but unfortunately she passed away two weeks later and we wanted to continue her fundraising. We had no idea we would raise so much money. There was a collection at my mum’s funeral and many people kindly made a donation.
“Lots of people from the local community and businesses kindly donated prizes. My mum was a teacher and a lot of schools in Angus and Dundee held fundraisers and donated half of the money they raised to us. Staff at the local health centre decided not to send Christmas cards and instead donated it to us.
“We also had a sponsored walk. We walked approximately 13 miles from Caledonia Health and Fitness gym in Carnoustie to Ninewells Hospital.
“Lots of people wanted to help and we are very grateful to everyone. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who shared our social media posts and to everyone across Tayside and Fife who donated to the just giving page and donated prizes for the raffle.”
Marie’s son Mickey said, “Our mum was full of life. Throughout her illness she was so positive and kept everyone’s spirits up. The week before she passed away she was decorating the house and fixing the roof!
“She didn’t let the cancer control her, she controlled the cancer. She was not a cancer sufferer she was a fighter. If she was ever upset or in pain, she didn’t showed it. She is an inspiration to everyone.”
Accepting the donation, ward 32 senior charge nurse Alison Inglis said, “Thank you to the family for this very generous donation and for all their fundraising efforts. Many patients experience great concern over the possibility of hair loss during what is already a distressing time. Scalp cooling provides the only real alternative to hair loss with the use of many chemotherapy drugs. Being able to retain their hair means their body image is preserved and they can retain some sense of normality.
“Scalp cooling lowers the temperature of the head and scalp immediately before, during and after administering chemotherapy. This reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles preventing or minimising damage. We currently have two cool cap machines in the department, however due to increasing capacity there is a greater demand for its use.”
Generous donation to Strathmore Diabetes Centre
Monifieth man Frank McGlone donated £600 to the Strathmore Diabetes Centre at Ninewells Hospital in memory of his wife Betty who sadly passed away in February.
Frank donated the money following a collection from friends and family at Betty’s funeral.
Frank said, “I wanted to do something to say thank you to everyone who looked after Betty. She was diagnosed with diabetes in the mid 1970s. The treatment she received for her diabetes was second to none. She was very well looked after by everyone.”
Accepting the donation, consultant Graham Leese said, “Thank you to Mr McGlone and his friends and family for their kind donation.