Meldrum woman’s cancer charity honour

Oldmeldrum Fundraising Group co-chairs Wilma Waterson, left, and Elaine Anderson at the Supporter Wall
Oldmeldrum Fundraising Group co-chairs Wilma Waterson, left, and Elaine Anderson at the Supporter Wall

An Oldmeldrum woman has been honoured by a prominent cancer charity.

Anne Geach is one of nearly 100 supporters from across Scotland to feature on Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Supporter Wall, which was unveiled earlier this month.

The wall recognises individuals and organisations who have each raised more than £1,000 for the organisation, the UK’s leading research charity dedicated to stopping women dying from breast cancer.

Supporters are invited to nominate a name to appear on the wall with many people choosing to pay tribute to loved ones that have survived or died from breast cancer.

Anne founded the Breakthrough Oldmeldrum Fundraising Group 16 years ago but has recently decided to step down as chairperson.

The Aberdeenshire organisation has raised more than £150,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer through a series of events including a hoedown, lingerie evenings, coffee mornings, bake-offs, and a summer food festival.

Elaine Anderson, chairperson of Breakthrough Oldmeldrum Fundraising Group, and her committee decided to include Anne’s name on the Supporter Wall as a tribute to her fundraising efforts over the years.

Elaine said: “It was a very special moment when I saw Anne’s name unveiled on the Supporter Wall. It’s a really nice way to acknowledge her fundraising achievements.

“Breast cancer continues to have a huge impact on the lives of so many people and it’s quite inspirational to see the list of names, all of whom have been affected by the disease in some way.”

She added: “Charities such as Breakthrough have already made amazing advances in understanding and treating breast cancer but women are still dying.

“Until the day arrives that we can finally conquer this awful disease we need to continue to help fund charities and their ground-breaking research so that we can save more lives faster.”

James Jopling, Director for Scotland at Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: “We are incredibly grateful to supporters like Anne and the Breakthrough Oldmeldrum Fundraising Group who do incredible things to fundraise for us.”

This year, there are nearly 100 names listed on the wall which is displayed in the charity’s Scottish office, in Edinburgh.