Why Tu heads are better than one!

Maggie's winning fundraising team
Maggie's winning fundraising team

THERE’S a new face on board at our Maggie’s Centre.

James Forsyth (26), from Edinburgh has joined the team, taking on the role of centre fundraising organiser in recent months.

But, as regular visitors will already know, the centre’s popular community fundraiser, Tumong Edwards is still firmly on the scene.

She has taken on a bigger role and is now responsible not just for the Fife Centre, but also a new one which is to be built in Larbert, covering the Forth Valley area.

Tu’s new title is fundraising co-ordinator for Fife and Forth Valley, and it is a job she is relishing.

It means she is out on the road a lot more often, having the chance to meet supporters new and old, give talks on the work of Maggie’s centres and generally drumming up more funding to sustain the services it offers.

Tu (31), from Midlothian, explained: “This all came about because, 16 years on from the first centre opening, Maggie’s is growing very quickly.

‘‘In Scotland seven centres are up and running with another two in the process as we see one person from every five newly diagnosed with cancer.

“With the new centre planned for Forth Valley, there was a need for a community fundraiser through there, and with my experience I was the ideal person to take on that role.

‘‘At the same time, because of the need to continue to raise as much funding as possible to keep the existing centres running, it was decided to have a fundraising organiser in each centre, and James came into post.

Warm welcome

“He is there to provide the same warm welcome that we give to every person visiting the centre to people fundraising for us, or wanting to fundraise.

“I am still very much covering the Fife area and am here at least a couple of days every week, out and about visiting fundraising groups and giving talks to potential fundraisers about the tremendous work the centre does in Fife.

“And James is here at the centre meeting and greeting the many supporters we have who come along to talk about their ideas, pick up fundraising packs and see the work which is being done with people with cancer, their families and friends.”

James said: “My job is great as I get to see what the centre does every day and it really inspires me to help raise the money which is needed to sustain the running of the centre.

“I came in at the time of the Twilight Walk which was a tremendous event this year with over 300 people taking part at the Lomond Centre in Glenrothes, and raising £15,000, which was fantastic.

‘‘And just as fantastic was the lady who came in with a cheque for £400 which she had raised by holding a coffee morning in her local church hall.

“Everyone’s support is really valued by us as it all goes towards helping Maggie’s continue its invaluable work in Fife.”

Tu added: “James and I work well as a team and anyone who would like to get in touch with us about fundraising for Maggie’s Fife can do so.’’