Cupar couple raise £25,000 for hospital

Derrick, Lesley and Anna Duncan with cyclist John Grant and representatives from the good causes set to benefit from their fund-raising.
Derrick, Lesley and Anna Duncan with cyclist John Grant and representatives from the good causes set to benefit from their fund-raising.

TWELVE months ago, Cupar couple Derrick and Lesley Duncan set out to raise an ambitious £15,000 for ward 32 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Staff in the ward have been caring for Derrick (36) since 2007, when he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.

After a host of fund-raising events over the past year, the final total is in — and it’s an incredible £24,645!

Lesley told the Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen she was ‘amazed’ at the amount and revealed the extra cash would be split between a number of other good causes.

AMAZING

She said: “We were raising money initially for ward 32 for equipment to help with pain relief because they have helped Derrick so much over the past four years.

“But since raising such an amazing amount, we are now really pleased to be able to help the other units that have cared for Derrick.

“We would like to thank them all for the past and ongoing care they have given Derrick and we hope that the money can go towards helping others.”

Much of the money was raised by last summer’s ‘Around the Grounds’ challenge, which saw a team of Derrick’s pals — John Grant, Robert Cassidy, Paul Harrison and Gordon Traynor — cycle 450 miles between all 12 Scottish Premier League football stadia in just three days.

GENEROUS

Other events included a race night organised by David Hamilton, car boot sales, a sponsored walk, and many more.

The cause also benefited from a generous donation from the Yvonne Gray dance school.

Derrick and Lesley, who have a three-year-old daughter Anna, thanked everyone who supported their fund-raising efforts.

Lesley said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to family, friends and everyone else who donated and helped with all the charity events — we couldn’t have done it without them.

“We’d also like to thank the companies who donated their services and sponsorship, especially www.hiremymotorhome.com, which provided a motor home for the cycling challenge.”

As well as ward 32, the other good causes to benefit from the cash will be the acute palliative care unit and neurosurgical ward at Ninewells, and Macmillan nurses.