Big-hearted fundraisers across the Kingdom


The quips about tight Fifers couldn’t be further from the truth as far as one national charity is concerned, writes Tanya Scoon.

In Kirkcaldy alone more than £60,000 has been raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer since the charity was set up, with most of it coming in since it started building up its profile in Scotland.

Langtonians have been at the forefront of the generosity, using their skills and experience to arrange a huge variety of events to boost the coffers.

From walks and runs to knitting, baking and submerging themselves in the freezing waters of the Forth, the people of the Langtoun have taken the charity to their hearts – and vice versa.

Audrey Birt, Breakthrough’s Scottish director, said: “We have been delighted by the incredible support we have received throughout Kirkcaldy, and hope it will continue.

‘‘These supporters have shown a great example of the many different ways you can fundraise for Breakthrough, making a difference and having fun at the same time.

‘‘We are so grateful for all their hard work, which allows us to continue to fund our vital work at our research unit, leading the fight against breast cancer.

“We depend entirely on donations from the public to fund our research work, and have to raise over £1 million a year to continue to fund our work in Scotland.

‘‘We need the support of the people of Kirkcaldy now more than ever.

‘‘There are so many ways to get involved and help us work towards a future free from the fear of breast cancer.

‘‘I would urge anyone who is interested in supporting Breakthrough to get in touch – together we can breakthrough breast cancer.”

Breakthrough Breast Cancer started up almost 20 years ago when Bill Freedman lost his actress wife, Toby Robins, to breast cancer.

Bill was determined that something positive should come from the tragedy and he and their children founded Breakthrough Breast Cancer to find a new approach to tackling the devastating disease.

Working alongside Professor Barry Gusterson from the Institute of Cancer Research, he set about bringing the world’s best scientists under one roof to develop a co-ordinated programme of breast cancer research.

His vision became a reality in 1999 when The Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Centre opened in London.

Then, fuelled by demand and a growing interest in the charity, Breakthrough opened its Scottish office in Edinburgh’s Thistle Street, along with the first and only dedicated breast cancer research unit in Scotland at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital, providing world-class facilities and vital resources needed to change the future for people affected by breast cancer.

For more about Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Scotland, contact 0131 226 0761 or email