Mum says thank you to Marie Curie

Hazel MacCormick hands over a cheque for £400 to Marie Curie fundraiser Lillian Kermode.

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Lismore candlemaker Hazel MacCormick has handed over a £400 cheque to Marie Curie in loving memory of her farmer husband.

Hazel has been selling her lavender-scented candles to raise awareness of the support and care that the charity gives across the Oban area and  whole of Argyll.

The mum-of-two, whose farmer husband John died from cancer last year, is selling her hand-poured Soy candles to help boost the charity’s funds as a thank you.

On what would have been her husband’s 50th birthday on August 15, she officially launched the special Gift of Love candle in his name. John was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in February 2016 and lost his battle  just 15 months later. Marie Curie nurses helped bring the family comfort during his final months.

The fundraising candles, costing £8, with half of the proceeds going direct to Marie Curie, will be on sale at Christmas markets, including the Winter Festival fairs.

Hazel said: ‘I’ve had a massive response to the candles both online and at the markets and agricultural shows that I have attended. I have had the privilege to meet many people who have had similar experiences to myself and everyone singing the praises of Marie Curie. They really do bring light to the darkest hour. It really brought it home to me just how many families have been touched by cancer.’

Marie Curie fundraiser Lillian Kermode from Oban said: ‘Every penny raised in the area stays in the area.’

Fundraisers will be collecting at Tesco on Thursday December 12 and in Homebase, Lidl, Aldi and Superdrug on Saturday December 14.

In the past three months more than £4,600 has been raised for the charity from donations, legacies and a golf tournament.