Happy birthday!

Maggie's Fife's sixth birthday Mad Hatter's tea party
Maggie's Fife's sixth birthday Mad Hatter's tea party

A FANTASTIC week of celebrations for our Maggie’s Centre’s sixth birthday was capped with a colourful Mad Hatter’s tea party on Saturday.

In the week leading up to its birthday on Saturday, Maggie’s Fife held a series of creative craft taster sessions, beginning last Monday with card making, when a handful of centre visitors tried their hand at making cards in a friendly and relaxed session led by Ella Morris.

The participants, all centre users, made a beautiful birthday card for Maggie’s which is on display in the premises.

On Tuesday, local artist Anna King led a session in journal making where participants were able to make their own beautiful journal to keep their memories in.

The centre’s creative writing tutor, Jayne Wilding, also spoke to the group about the creative writing course that is available at Maggie’s Fife. All materials were provided for both workshops.

The birthday week ended on a high on Saturday with a Mad Hatters Tea Party in the centre organised by Glenrothes woman Deirdre Jablonska and her team of volunteers.

Throughout the day a regular stream of visitors joined the fun and games, with around 120 people attending in total.

The event, which included a Mad Hatter’s tombola, a tasty bake sale with one-of-a-kind customised Maggie’s Fife cupcakes courtesy of Bitcon Bakes and a raffle, was a massive success raising £1,266.22 for our Maggie’s Centre.

Lynn Wilson won the best hat competition with her fantastic creation ‘Falling Through the Looking Glass’ while Kelsie won the children’s competition for her hat.

Centre user Bryan McGlashan sang a selection of songs, one in memory of his grandmother, which went down a treat, as did all the home baking, tea and coffee.

At the party Lorraine Brown from Kirkcaldy line dance group, Ranch Dance Fife, presented Maggie’s with £150 from a collection at its social dance night held at Pathhead Church Hall.

James Forsyth, Maggie’s Fife’s fundraising organiser, said: “I’d like to thank everyone that celebrated our 6th Birthday with us on Saturday, it was great to see so many people in their hats raising money for Maggie’s Fife. I’d also like to thank Deirdre Jablonska, Gill Bitcon and their friends for making the event possible. This isn’t the first time they have raised money for Maggie’s and once again they did an amazing job!”

Dr Elspeth Salter, centre head, said: “It was a very moving day in all sorts of ways, with tears and laughter, and it was great to be able to celebrate our six years in Fife – and many more to come!”

Deirdre Jablonska added: “It was a great day and everyone seemed to have a really good time.

“The centre was full of people throughout the day and we were delighted to help Maggie’s celebrate its sixth birthday.”

David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP also paid a visit to the centre.

He said: “It was reassuring to see so many patients and volunteers there to join in the celebrations.

“Maggie’s Fife offers vital support and guidance to people suffering from and affected by cancer during times of intense emotional distress. I would like to offer my congratulations to the centre on a fantastic day and wish them every success for continuing their brilliant service long into the future.”