A £17,000 birthday gift to Maggie’s

A FANTASTIC £17,000 was raised for our Maggie’s Centre at its glittering fifth anniversary dinner in the atrium of Adam Smith College on Friday.

Over 200 of the cancer charity’s supporters, ranging from councillors and health bosses to business people and centre staff celebrated five years of amazing work by the centre in Fife.

KIRKCALDY;'MAGGIES GALA DINNER 2011;'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

KIRKCALDY;'MAGGIES GALA DINNER 2011;'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Generous guests helped boost funds through a raffle, live auction and silent auction with donations from local companies and shops including meals, hotel stays, signed football tops, golf packages, haircuts and a special Jack Vettriano print which sold for £1000.

Fabulous

Chef Eadie Manson proved a real star, upping his original prize of cooking a meal for four to three lots, raising a fabulous £2700.

The gala event was hosted by Maggie’s patron Sarah Brown, with her husband Gordon, Kirkcaldy’s MP as the guest speaker, and BBC presenter Cathy MacDonald acting as MC.

Staff and students from Adam Smith College’s hospitality and marketing departments helped out with the preparations, while entertainment was provided by the Fife Strathspey and Reel Fiddlers and Fife’s own Jackie Storrar, accompanied by her husband Steve Thiebault.

And the evening saw the premiere of a new film about Maggie’s Fife, made by Lawrie Brewster of Dysart-based New Age Film.

Amazing night

Dennis O’Connell of Gilvenbank Hotel sponsored the drinks reception, Canterbury Bells florists donated the beautiful table arrangements and Cakes for All Occasions the delicious cake.

Tu Edwards said: “What an amazing night!

‘‘I would like to say thank you to all the dinner committee members for helping to make it happen.

‘‘I am so pleased that so many people and companies supported this dinner either by sponsoring the event, attending, donating a prize or providing their services.

‘‘The college and students did a wonderful job and I am really proud of Fifers for raising so much to support people affected by cancer across the Kingdom.”