the local community has rallied round Methilhill former nurse Anna Flaws in her campaign to be given a vital life-prolonging cancer treatment.
The Mail reported last week on the launching of a petition, backed by area MP Lindsay Roy, for Anna to be given access to a drug called Herceptin which will help her in her battle against cancer of the oesophagus.
The drug is available in England for people in a similar situation as Anna, but the Scottish Medicines Consortium has ruled out treating her on financial grounds.
This has led to NHS Fife, acting on the consortium’s advice, to decline funding.
The petition, calling on a reversal of this decision, has gathered countless signatures in offices, including the East Fife Mail’s Mitchell Street base, other workplaces and pubs, since its launch.
Anna’s plight has also attracted the support of local pigeon fanciers, who have created an online auction for racing birds at the pigeonbasics.com website to raise cash.
Leven man Archie Herd, who started the auction, told the Mail: “My grandson plays for the East Fife youth team and somebody approached me at a game to ask if I’d start an auction on the website.
“Our website has raised over £14,000 for charities through selling pigeons and, already, we’re well over the £1000 mark for Anna.
“I put the story from the East Fife Mail on the website and people have just taken to it.
“We were only looking to raise £1000, so it’s great that it’s already past that.”
The auction closes today (Wednesday).