An Aberdeen woman whose mother died from cancer has raised more than £2,000 for charity.
Dawn Robertson, 59, from Braeside, held the third annual Ladies’ Diamond Lunch in aid of the Marie Curie Foundation at the Chester Hotel.
The idea came to Dawn when she attended a similar lunch four years ago in Glasgow, which prompted her to try to find a local version.
To her surprise, when she called Marie Curie, she found there was no Aberdeen iteration – so she decided to start one
It was important to Dawn, after she lost her mother to breast cancer 10 years ago, to do something for the charity that helped her.
She said: “The staff were so fabulous with us.
“My mum really wanted to go home to pass away, and that left a lot of stuff for me and my stepdad to do to make it as comfortable as possible for her.
“It was just the fact that the staff were so helpful to us, and I never really forgot that, and it’s always stayed close to my heart.
“It made me more determined to do something for the charity, not just for funds but also just to raise awareness of the work that the charity does.”
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Dawn knows Saturday’s lunch has raised at least £2,500, but is hoping the total will eventually rise to £3,000 or more.
She said she tried to break up the fun of the day with a series of hard-hitting talks from a Marie Curie nurse and someone who had used the service.
She said: “We want to have some speakers to tell a personal story, something that could happen to everybody.
“It’s actually really upbeat and fun on the day, we’ve got prosecco and a live band.”
For Dawn, it’s important to hold these types of events for two reasons.
She said: “It’s about the funding they get, so they can support all the patients they have and provide the care they need.
“On top of that, having a personal story, and stories from the staff, really helps to raise awareness, and it shows cancer can happen to anybody.”