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Karen’s thanks to ARI cancer ward

Karen Gordon, second left, and fellow organisers who helped to make the shopping night a great success.

Karen Gordon, second left, and fellow organisers who helped to make the shopping night a great success.

A young Ellon woman battling cancer has shown her appreciation of the support from hospital staff by raising nearly £1000.

Karen Gordon, 26, organised a shopping night at the nursery where she works in aid of the cancer ward at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The nursery nurse was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago and told her story to the Times last month in a bid to raise awareness among young people that the disease can strike at any age.

Last Friday she organised the shopping fund-raiser at the Banbury Cross Nursery, Blackdog, near Bridge of Don, which brought in around £950.

The event was only open to nursery parents and featured various stalls and a raffle.

Karen said: “It was a great evening and very well supported.

“We raised about £950 which I’m absolutely delighted with. All the stalls did well.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated raffle prizes and gave their support to the event in any way.”

There were 10 stalls which did a busy trade throughout the evening selling a variety of items, including sweets, jewellery, body products, home-bakes and candles.

Karen was devastated when it was confirmed last September that a breast lump she discovered was cancerous.

She started a course of chemotherapy and is about to undergo an operation and then radiotherapy.

But Karen was determined to raise awareness of the disease and, at the same time, do her bit to thank hospital staff for all their efforts to help her to beat the disease.

Along with husband William, also 26, she is also planning a fund-raising disco later in the year.

It will be held in the New Inn Hotel, Ellon, on Saturday, October 4.

Tickets will go on sale in the summer.

 

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