A KIRKCALDY beautician whose boyfriend was diagnosed with leukaemia at the start of a promising football career has helped raise over £12,000 for Victoria Hospital.
Amanda Munro (21), was devastated when her boyfriend Scott McCrindle was diagnosed with the blood cancer when he was just 18-years-old. At the time he was playing for Cowdenbeath under 19s team and had started training with the full team.
But, just a year after receiving the devastating news, instead of feeling sorry for themselves the couple began pouring their energies into organising a charity netball and football match including many of their friends, raising £4500 for the hospital ward where Scott received his treatment.
In 2010 they held another smaller event which raised another £500 then a sponsored walk in September last year from Dunfermline to Falkland raised a further £2000. Their most recent fundraising venture was an ‘X Factor’ talent show in the Carnegie College conference centre in February which raised £5000.
The money has gone to the new haematology ward, helping to furnish and kit out a relatives room on the ward. The latest fundraising effort will also provide another room on the day ward where patients who are well enough to attend as day patients can spend time in a more homely environment.
Scott explained: “We just wanted to do something to thank all the staff who have been wonderful throughout my treatment. I was only 18 when I was diagnosed and have spent three years of my life with them, so they have become friends. I was given my own nurse and I will miss her when I finish my treatment.
“Leukaemia changed my life and I had to give up my football for a while, but I am now back playing Sunday football. I am very lucky because some people don’t survive this.
“I underwent intensive chemotherapy sessions three times a week followed by a maintenance programme for 2½ years. I will have my last treatment next week, then hopefully that will be me for good.”
Amanda, who works for Sun Babes beauticians in Kirkcaldy’s Pentland Place, added: “This has definitely brought us closer together. We were both only 18 when Scott was diagnosed, so we had to grow up quickly. All the hospital staff have been fantastic and we want to thank them for all they have done.”