Shopping night success means cash in the bank for charities

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Following a ladies shopping night, organised by Southern reader Claire Scott and her family, cheques, each worth £921, were handed over to both Macmillan Cancer Support and the Borders Paediatric Diabetes Service.

Claire told us: “As a family we would be grateful if you could publish this as our way of raising the profile of these two amazing charities and the wonderful work that they do, but also extend our heartfelt thanks to all the local businesses who donated to and exhibited at the shopping night, to those who made monetary donations, the hardworking helpers who didn’t have a minute to draw breath, and most importantly, to the 200 shoppers who came along, shopped and enjoyed a very sociable evening – we couldn’t have raised any of this money without them.

“Our now, three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March of this year and has received fantastic support from the team at the BGH and this donation goes a very small way to show our appreciation. Sadly, Macmillan is a charity that is also very close to the hearts of our family and we want to show our support.”

Pictured are Linda Hamilton, Lothian & Borders Fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, with Claire Scott, with son Hamish and daughter Milly, and Dr John Stephen, Milly’s consultant paediatrician from the BGH.