A close-knit group of friends and neighbours in Burntisland are organising a special fundraising night for a cancer charity later this month.
And it will be a poignant occasion for them as they are all suffering from or have recovered from cancer themselves, while one member recently passed away.
It has been a horrendous few years for all of us, but we wanted something positive to come out of all of thisTrina Molyneux
Trina Molyneux (62), along with Liz Morris (64), and her daughter Christina (23) came up with the idea one evening while discussing the number of people in their area of the town suffering from the disease.
Trina is currently receiving treatment for breast cancer, while Liz has just been given the all clear.
They have roped in friend Rose Pearson, who is also undergoing treatment for breast cancer which was diagnosed in September 2013, and Trina and Liz’s neighbour Raymond Wiscombe (66), who is recovering from bladder cancer.
Raymond has offered to help out with the event, despite having lost his wife Moira to breast cancer in February.
Liz’s daughter Christina, has also been involved, visiting local shops, pubs and taxi operators to ask for raffle prizes and donations.
“It has been a horrendous few years for all of us, but we wanted something positive to come out of all of this,” explained Trina.
“That’s why we have decided to hold this fundraising night to thank Cancer Research UK which has been a great help to us with advice.”
The fundraiser will be held at Burntisland Parish Church Hall on April 25, and will be a 60s and 70s themed disco night with hotdogs and hamburgers for sale as well as a raffle.
Local shops and businesses in the town and surrounding area have been very generous, offering prizes from gift vouchers and haircuts to alcohol and meals.
Liz said: “Everyone has been very generous and we can’t thank them enough. We’re hoping for a good turnout on the night so we can raise lots of money for Cancer Research UK.”
Rose said: “We have all got to know each other well over the years and have supported each other through the hard times. This is something positive to work towards.”
Trina added: “Hopefully it will be a good night, although it is also going to be an emotional one with Moira not being here. When we first came up with the idea she was delighted to be involved and we know she will be looking down on us. We are doing this in her memory.”
“There are not many people who will go through their lives unaffected by cancer and we just want to do what we can to raise money for research into this terrible disease.”
Tickets priced £8 are available from group members or can be purchased at the door on the night.