Aberdeenshire man’s firework spectacular raises funds for UCAN

An Aberdeenshire man who overcame bladder cancer is holding a fireworks spectacular to help raise money for UCAN, the North-east urological cancer charity which supported him.

John Burdon, who lives with his wife Anna in Cuminestown, will host the event at the New Deer showground on Saturday, October 25, when a mystery celebrity guest will push the button to set the sky alight with dozens of rockets.

There will be fun for all the family at the evening event. Gates open at 6.30pm and entrance is free but donations for UCAN are most welcome. There will food and refreshments for sale, live music, a tombola and a bouncy castle.

The professionals from Fireworx Scotland will be on hand to make sure the dazzling display, which begins at 7.30pm, is a roaring success.

All of the money raised through donations on the night will be donated to UCAN, which is currently spearheading a campaign to bring ‘Robotic Surgery to the North of Scotland’ (RSNS).

The campaign to bring robotic surgery to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) on behalf of the general, gynaecological, ENT and urological surgical teams, recently received a significant boost from the announcement of a £1million pledge by the Scottish Government to purchase a robotic surgical system for Aberdeen.

The Scottish Government also committed to delivering robotically-assisted surgery countrywide by continuing to work closely with health boards and cancer charities.

The charity also runs the UCAN Care Centre at Ward 209 in the pink zone at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (formerly Ward 44), which is manned by a team of urological nurse specialists who are on hand to give medical advice, tailored information and support to patients with urological cancer and their families.

John said: “It was through my own personal experience that I was made aware of UCAN and the current fundraising campaign to bring robotic surgery to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

“It really struck me that there were 40 of these systems in England and still none in Scotland”.

“Along with a group of friends we decided to do something a little bit different to help raise funds for the charity and we are hoping for a great turnout on the night to see our fireworks spectacular.”

UCAN’s Fundraising Manager, Fiona J D Pearson, added: “We would like to thank John and his friends for organising this exciting event to raise funds for UCAN and for the campaign to bring ‘Robotic Surgery to the North of Scotland’, which UCAN is spear-heading.

“We hope it’s a huge success and that everyone enjoys themselves.”