A MAGNIFICENT £7500 was raised at the first ever Maggie’s Fife ladies’ lunch held at Balbirnie House Hotel in Markinch at the weekend.
The afternoon – on the theme of diamonds and tiaras – was organised by the Maggie’s Fife Associate Fundraising Board, and delivered its promise of fun and entertainment as celebrity compere Fred MacAulay hosted – and ensured everyone had a great time.
The Soul Kings and their big wigs put on an energetic performance of live music to round off the afternoon at the five-star setting.
On a more serious note, the afternoon included two inspirational speakers – Lorna McGoldrick, cancer support specialist, and Morag Platt – who each shared their experiences of working at the cancer care centre and dealing with cancer, and explained how Maggie’s can help.
The auction had an array of dazzling prizes, with local chef Eadie Manson donating his services, tickets to the Open Golf and dinner at The Kitchin among them.
Raith Rovers’ footballer Laurie Ellis auctioned a two- hour football lesson, while a poster of him in a towel also boosted funds.
The event was organised by board members, Tumong Edwards, Pamela Stevenson and Sharon Hopkinson.
Fred MacAulay said: “I want to congratulate them for organising one of the most enjoyable fundraising events I’ve ever been involved in.
“Lorna and Morag, the speakers, captured the Maggie’s message perfectly, and it was a pleasure to host the event.
“And the ladies of Fife responded amazingly! I wish the board every success in future lunches and although they’ve set the bar very high, I am sure the next one will be even better.”
Pamela Stevenson said: “We are very pleased our first ladies’ lunch was such a huge success. The generosity of everyone was amazing.
“An enjoyable and lively day was had by all.”
Tumong Edwards, community fundraiser for Maggie’s Fife and Forth Valley, thanked all who contributed, saying: “A huge thanks to the board for this successful event. It was so much fun; I can’t wait until next year.”