With her 60th birthday approaching this month, Linda Allardyce’s family decided to do something a little different in lieu of more traditional celebrations.
Following diagnosis with throat cancer in May, Linda, of Leven, has undergone five months of extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre in the Western General Hospital.
While this proved extremely taxing, the care and compassion provided by staff at the centre throughout the experience was felt acutely by Linda, as well as her family and friends.
It was decided to have a ‘Delighted To Be Alive’ party as an early celebration, combined with the opportunity to raise both funds and awareness for the fine work done by the doctors, nurses and wider staff at the hospital. This took place in the Balmaise Community Centre, Leven, when the family hosted a ceilidh attended by around 200 family and friends attending, many having travelled from England and Australia. The evening was a huge success.
In place of presents, Linda requested donations be made mainly for Ward 3 of the Western General, where she had undergone all her treatment.
The ward is currently being refurbished to include a specific user-friendly area for younger patients – which Linda feels is extremely worthwhile. Through a combination of extremely generous donations, a raffle and other activities, a total of £2249 was raised on the night. Of this, £2000 is being donated to Ward 3, £205 is going to My New Hair and £44 to Maggie’s Centre Edinburgh (through the sale of charity wrist bands).
Linda, well known locally for her work with Leven Civic Week committee, and pictured centre at the presentation, has extended thanks to the Denvale Ceilidh Band, Kennoway Town Pipe Band, Langtoun Dancers, Maggie Cunningham Webb, Lee Murray (Flood Inns), Paul Grubb (World of Parties) and all family and friends who attended for making it such a successful night.