Breast cancer survivor Linda Dick wanted to “give something back” to the two organisations which sustained and guided her through the dark days of her invasive treatments.
To show her gratitude, Linda and her family teamed up with Peeblesshire Junior Agricultural Club (JAC) to host an open charity stockjudging and auction at their farm at Hamildean near Peebles.
That event in August raised a staggering £35,610.10, which last week was split equally between the Macmillan Centre at the BGH, where she received chemotherapy, and the charity FACE (Fighting Against Cancer Edinburgh), which supports the Western General Hospital where Linda underwent a mastectomy and had radiotherapy.
Linda, who was diagnosed during a routine mammogram, but has now finished her treatment, recalled: “Throughout it all, the little extra comforts provided by the Macmillan volunteers and the charity made a huge difference, especially when you are sitting in your own private hell having noxious chemicals pumped into your veins.
“The little extras they provided during this most stressful time – plants, newspapers, tea, coffee, biscuits, tissues and even aromatherapy sessions – helped make it all a bit easier.”
Judith Smith OBE, nurse consultant for cancer and palliative care at NHS Borders, thanked Linda and the young farmers for their efforts.
“Donations enable us to do the things we cannot do with our core budget and this huge amount of money means we can do something huge for the Macmillan Centre and our patients,” she told us.