Maggie Winter Fundraising

The people of Lanarkshire have once again ‘stepped-up a gear’ despite tough times, to raise over £72,000 in the months from September to November, for cancer support centre, Maggie’s Lanarkshire.

Locals took up various challenges in a bid to match-fund the £50,000 Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge that philanthropist and well known biscuiteer, Sir Boyd Tunnock had set back in August.

And there isn’t any doubt that local people have been getting stuck in – they have gone above and beyond to supersede the target by over £22,000!

From taking part in Firewalks and exhausting ‘Three Peaks Challenges’, walking the Glasgow Culture Crawl, and even hosting their own events including, bakes sales, psychic nights, golf events and much more, people from the local area have been doing everything within their power to give back and support people with cancer.

It’s the third time, that business leader, Sir Boyd Tunnock (pictured) has set the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Match-Funding Challenge to donate to Maggie’s Lanarkshire.

Maggie’s, a charity which provides free practical and psychological support for people with cancer and their family and friends, is delighted to have continued support from a long-standing relationship with Tunnocks over the last few years.  

Lorrie Cameron, Centre Head at Maggie’s Lanarkshire said: “We are incredibly grateful that Sir Boyd Tunnock has supported Maggie’s with a match-funding pledge up to £50,000 for the third time. This generous pledge was so warmly received by those we support, their families and the wider community of Lanarkshire last time, who seemed to race against the three-month clock to help raise a lot of money. This time, our community really have gone out of their way to fundraise for us, even exceeding the total, in what is a very difficult time for everyone.

“Maggie’s relies entirely on voluntary donations from individuals and companies to enable our professional team to be able to provide specialist cancer support, psychological support and benefits advice for everyone who needs it. By doubling every penny we receive in donations for the Caramel Wafer Matched Giving Challenge, we will be able to provide our unique support to twice as many people with cancer and their family and friends across Lanarkshire.”

Speaking on behalf of the family, Sir Boyd Tunnock, CBE said: “We are delighted to be supporting the amazing work of Maggie’s Lanarkshire to help people live well with cancer. I’m so pleased to see that the kind people of Lanarkshire have thrown themselves behind this challenge and pulled out all the stops once again! We are very pleased to be able to support Maggie’s in this way through the past few difficult years, and we want to help them to continue to deliver their wonderful programme of support to everyone that needs it.”

Sandy Wilkie, Chair of the Board for Maggie’s Lanarkshire added: “Once again the generosity of Sir Boyd Tunnock and his family have warmed the hearts of so many people throughout Lanarkshire who have been inspired to go over and above for their local cancer support centre.  We are overwhelmed by the community’s response and thank everyone who rose to the challenge!”

To donate, you can drop into Maggie’s Lanarkshire, on the grounds of Monklands Hospital, or you can donate online by going to www.maggiescentres.org/how-you-can-help/ways-give and remember to quote Caramel Wafer Matched Giving Challenge. 

Built in the grounds of Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, Maggie’s Lanarkshire is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Maggie’s Lanarkshire relies on voluntary donations to run its high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.

To find out more about Maggie’s Lanarkshire and to see how the Centre supports people with cancer across Lanarkshire please visit the Centre at Maggie’s Lanarkshire, The Elizabeth Montgomerie Building, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, ML6 0JS or get in touch on 01236 771191 or email heather.mcarthur@maggiescentres.org

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