Meet Kirkcaldy’s outstanding £1m club ...

Past and present members of Kirkcaldy Local Committee who were recognised at a civic reception
Past and present members of Kirkcaldy Local Committee who were recognised at a civic reception

A group of Kirkcaldy fundraisers have been recognised for collecting an incredible £1m over the years to support the pioneering work of Cancer Research.

A civic reception was held at the Town House recently to mark the achievement of Kirkcaldy Local Committee whose members have continually raised funds for the charity since the 1950s.

The event, held at the end of last month, was hosted by Fife Provost Jim Leishman. He led an address to the group to thank them for raising one million pounds to support research into cancer.

The committee was formed in 1956 by Bertie Lockhart and since then, it has seen its members work tirelessly in their community through the years to raise money for the charity.

The event was attended by committee members past and present as well as their families and regular donators, Lundin Ladies Golf Club and Dysart Post Office.

Simon O’Leary, head of volunteer fundraising for Cancer Research UK, was also at the event and officially recognised the contribution committee members had made.

Sarah Johnston, local fundraising manager, said: “Cancer Research UK relies on people like the Kirkcaldy Local Committee to raise funds for its pioneering research.

“We are extremely grateful to have the support and dedication from this wonderful group of people and the money they have raised will help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

Andy Wyles, treasurer of the Kirkcaldy Local Committee, said the group meets around five times a year in Linktown church hall in Kirkcaldy, usually ahead of the main fundraising events.

He said they were delighted to be honoured: “The members were very pleased to be recognised by Fife Council and it was good that past committee members attended as well.

“We hold various events throughout the year to raise money, but the main ones are the cocktail party, a race night and a golf day in August. These are all held locally.”

He added: “We tend to raise around £15,000 each year and this goes exclusively towards funding research into cancer cures and treatment.”

Cancer Research UK is dedicated to saving more lives of people affected by the disease and the charity funds the work of thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses who are fighting over 200 types of cancer.