Ellon couple’s charity boost

John and Caroline Doherty with Fiona Harvey, of Cancer Research UK.
John and Caroline Doherty with Fiona Harvey, of Cancer Research UK.

An Ellon couple recently organised a Scottish country music night and raised more than £4,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Caroline and John Doherty decided to hold the event because they lost Caroline’s son and John’s stepson, Neil Watt, to a rare cancer at the age of 39.

He loved life and I’m grateful that he got to live life to the full

Caroline Doherty Neil’s Mother

Neil was living in the United States when he was was diagnosed with a carcinoma in the saliva gland. At that time there had only been six cases in the US, and all of them had been identified in men in their 80s.

Caroline said: “Neil’s was a young life wasted. He led a healthy life and looked after himself. He loved life and I’m grateful that he got to live life to the full.

“When I’m fundraising for Cancer Research UK, I think about not only the young lives, like Neil’s, that can be saved but all the lives that could be saved by research.”

The fundraiser was held in the New Inn Hotel and more than 140 people attended.

Caroline and John were also well supported by the local community. They held a collection over two weekends outside JRDs in Ellon.

In addition, Caroline’s cousin in Ayrshire raised £1,100 from a raffle and various collecting cans.

Fiona Harvey, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager, said: “Caroline and John are an absolute inspiration and we can’t thank them enough for their commitment to helping Cancer Research UK beat cancer sooner. It was a fantastic evening.

“Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. However, there is still work to be done.”