Oban fundraisers mark £500,000 milestone for cancer research

Gillian McManus, Cancer Research UK fundraising Relationship Manager for Oban with Oban committee chairperson Glynis Dewar and committee secretary Neil Angus

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Oban fundraisers are celebrating raising £500,000 after 54 years of supporting Cancer Research UK.

The Oban Local Committee started raising funds for Cancer Research UK in 1967 and the half million pounds has been raised through a number of activities over the years, including door-to-door collections, fashion shows, ceilidhs, Christmas merchandise sales and street collections, to name but a few.

Glynis Dewar, who leads the Oban Local Committee, has praised Oban’s generosity.

‘I would like to thank the generosity of the people in the Oban area, they’ve always been very supportive of the work that we do and are the main reason that we have been so successful in raising this amazing sum,’ she said.

Money raised by the Oban Local Committee funds research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, helping to make sure more people in Argyll and Bute and across the UK survive.

Gillian McManus, Cancer Research UK fundraising Relationship Manager for Oban said Oban has made a huge contribution to fighting cancer.

‘The Oban Local Committee has made a huge contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work over the past 54 years and we are incredibly grateful for the part they have played in the fight against cancer.

‘Our determination to beat the disease hasn’t faltered and we are more focused than ever on our ambition of seeing three in four people survive their cancer by 2034.

‘However, our progress relies on the incredible dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like the Oban Local Committee without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving work. One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime. All of us can support the research that will beat it,’ she said.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity saving lives through research and work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. Today, two in four people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate that progress to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Interested in finding out more?  You can  call 0300 123 1022, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org or follow the charity on Twitter and Facebook