A new island branch of the national charity Blood Cancer UK has won support from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, after only five months in existence.
Blood Cancer UK – Western Isles was founded by family members Jaclyn Campbell, Erica Clark and Louise Harrison, together with their children James, Sam, Hannah, Calum and Evie, who have proved to be champion fundraisers themselves.
The kids raised £1,875 in September, which was blood cancer awareness month, with a sponsored silence and a bake sale.
Now the Western Isles division of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has promised to put their weight behind future fundraising efforts, spreading the word about the charity’s work and providing a link with fire crews throughout the islands.
The local team started the new partnership in October with a show-round for the young fundraisers at Stornoway Fire Station.
Dougie Campbell, group commander SFRS, said: “We are delighted to support Blood Cancer UK and will continue to assist this fantastic charity in the future.”
Marielle Birks of Blood Cancer UK said: “Thanks to community groups like our Western Isles community group, who help us continue our life-saving blood cancer research, we hope to beat blood cancer in the next 30 years.
“Until that day, we’ll spend every day looking for more effective treatments with less harsh side effects to benefit more than 40,000 people in the UK who are diagnosed with blood cancer every year.
“Words can’t describe how incredibly grateful we are to all the members of the Western Isles community group for all they have done throughout Blood Cancer Awareness Month to help raise funds for vital, lifesaving research.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone offering their support, including the fantastic help and support of Dougie Campbell and the amazingly kind Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.”
Blood Cancer UK’s free support line, for anyone worried about blood cancer, can be reached on 0808 2080 888.
Pictures show the new Western Isles group when they were formed in May this year, and on a wet October night at Stornoway Fire Station.