Burntisland sisters are caring Maggie’s angels

Rachel and Jen Wallace are Maggie's angels. Pics by FPA
Rachel and Jen Wallace are Maggie's angels. Pics by FPA
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Sisters Rachel and Jen Wallace from Burntisland have been earning their wings by selling special jewellery angels in aid of our Maggie’s Centre.

The Burntisland Primary School pupils have sold dozens of the little beaded figures to family and friends to raise money for the cancer caring centre in memory of relatives lost to cancer.

Rachel and Jen Wallace with mum Lorna and Alison Orr who makes the jewellery

Rachel and Jen Wallace with mum Lorna and Alison Orr who makes the jewellery

And this week Rachel (11), and Jen (8), made a visit to the centre in the grounds of Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy to hand over £150 which they and the jewellery maker, Alison Orr, have raised in the past few months.

Alison, a cabin crew member with British Airways, who lives in Kirkcaldy, makes the jewellery as a hobby and began selling it for charity at the Mind and Body Studio in the town where Rachel and Jen’s mum Lorna works.

As well as Maggie’s, Alison makes jewellery to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care, and when the girls saw her angels at their mum’s work they suggested they could sell them to raise money for Maggie’s.

“I’m really proud of them as this was their own idea,” said Lorna. “I lost my aunt, Jean Muir, who lived in Burntisland, and my sister-in-law Ruth Henderson both to a rare form of cancer within 18 months of each other, which was a big blow.

The Maggie's angels

The Maggie's angels

“Rachel was only six at the time, but she remembers Ruth, who was only 32 when she died, and she used to do fundraising, so it is really nice that they have chosen to do this in her memory.”

To date the youngsters have raised around £75 from selling the angels, which can be attached to handbags or keyrings, at £1 each to family and friends, and they plan to keep on selling them as long as there is a demand.

“Alison can’t produce them fast enough as they are in great demand, and I think it will continue in the run up to Christmas,” explained Lorna.

“Burntisland Primary has been great at allowing them to sell the angels to their friends and teachers.”