A Glenrothes couple have used the celebration of 50 years of marriage to benefit a Scottish cancer charity following the recent death of a family member.
Eleanor and Andrew Morris from South Parks were in two minds whether to go ahead with the planned golden anniversary celebrations after their much loved nephew Andrew lost his battle to cancer just weeks before at the age of 38.
But the couple’s eventual decision to do so has resulted in over £2500 being raised for the Beatson Cancer Charity based in Glasgow.
“We did wonder whether it was best not to go ahead with the party following the sad loss of Andrew, but in hindsight we’re glad we did and the support given from family and friends has been overwhelming,” explained Eleanor.
The couple requested for the 200 guests not to buy gifts and instead make a donation.
Along with a well stocked raffle they managed to raise a a final total of £2528.58.
“It was such such a sad loss.
‘‘Our nephew was only 38, that’s no age.
‘‘We just felt it was the right thing to do and we’re pleased we’ve been able to help a worthy charity in some way,” said Andrew.
Eleanor and Andrew, who originate from Glasgow, have lived in Glenrothes since 1967 and held the anniversary party in the town’s popular CISWO Club where they have been members for a number of years.
David Nelson, CISWO Club secretary told the Gazette the decision to raise money on the night had been widely supported by members.
“It’s a fantastic effort and for a deserving charity that is obviously close to their hearts, I congratulate them and wish them many more happy years together,” he said.
Eleanor and Andrew’s golden anniversary fundraising was understandably warmly received by the charity.
Charlene Elliott, head of funding for Beatson Cancer Charity said: “We offer our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for the kind and generous donation.
“Thanks to this support we can continue to provide vital funding for enhanced patient and family support services and facilities, innovative medical equipment, novel research, a range of specialist posts including nursing, radiography, physics and research-based staff as well as additional staff training and development.”
The charity, which was formed in February 2014, works in partnership with the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre based in Glasgow.