Fort charity volunteers celebrate raising £3million

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Volunteers at a Fort William charity shop dedicated to saving lives are celebrating raising £3 million.

The team at the Cancer Research UK shop on the town’s High Street, were presented with a fundraising award during a special ceremony recently.

Current and past supporters, customers and staff marked the milestone which was reached in the shop’s 30th year.

Since the shop first opened its doors on November 14, 1989, the £3 million raised has been invested in life-saving research to develop gentler and more effective treatments for cancer.

Manager Sharon Smith, who has worked at the shop for 19 years, knows exactly how vital the power of research is to give families more tomorrows with their loved ones.

Her cousin Laura Barr died aged 51 after a four-year battle with brain cancer in March, 2018.

Sharon, 51, said: ‘I miss Laura’s laughter, her smile and that sparkle which was always in her eyes.

‘Hitting the £3 million milestone was a really memorable day and we’re proud to run a shop with a unique atmosphere.

‘But we also took a moment to remember some special people who are no longer with us. Colin Hancock, who used to volunteer at the Fort William shop but very sadly died from cancer, is missed by all the team.

‘I also paid tribute to Anne Thomas who died recently and had volunteered in the shop every Thursday for years. We owe so much to our volunteers and their contribution will never be forgotten.’

Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

Cancer Research UK area manager, Ken Donaldson said: ‘Cancer Research UK relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers as well as the loyalty of our customers.

‘We want to take this opportunity to thank Fort William for all their support to help beat cancer.

‘Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life saving research and so we are forever grateful to all the wonderful people who support us by shopping with us, making a donation or generously offering their time as volunteers.’



Left to right Ken Donaldson, Sharon Smith, Nigel Colburn and Douglas McPhail with the award.

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