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Kind-hearted fundraiser’s boost for lifeline Lanarkshire cancer charity

An East Kilbride fundraiser handed over a cheque to a charity very close to her heart recently.

Mags McNeil Devlin donated £360 to Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust after raffling off a bottle of whisky and gin she won in a competition, with the help of the Westwood Bar.

The trust is an independent charity that provide volunteer drivers to take cancer patients to hospital appointments, clinics, and day-care facilities free of charge.

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It’s not the first time Mags, from Wetswood, has supported the charity having donated over £1000 to them last year after her local garage, Spanners and Sparks, decided to nominate the organisation for their collection box proceeds.

Mags has experienced first hand the charity’s vital support having been diagnosed with aggressive grade three triple negative breast cancer in 2019.

She has recently finished treatment and is now in remission.

While her husband did his best to get Mags to her appointments when he could, work commitments meant this was not always possible and that’s when she turned to Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust drivers.

“Cancer treatment is Lanarkshire wide and you can be in either Wishaw, Hairmyres or Monklands so the trust are an absolute Godsend as patient don’t always have transport if the hospital they have to go to isn’t close by, or they have no one to take them,” she told Lanarkshire Live.

“I won a competition with RAER distillers based in Jackton and got a bottle of whisky and gin and I thought, with a fun day being held at the Westwood Bar, ‘why not raffle it off and raise a bit of money for the charity’.

“I thought we would maybe get £50 a bottle or something but was over the moon to raise £360 – that was just from an afternoon of selling raffle tickets. I never expected it.

“A big thank you to Charmaine at the Westwood Bar for letting me do it and to everyone who supported me by buying a raffle ticket.”

The Cancer Care Trust have supported Mags through some of her toughest times making the cheque presentation to Frank Roy from the group all the more special.

“Once you have had chemo you are physically not worth a rag and the drivers have actually lifted me into the car before and got me back in to my house in the past -they are absolutely fantastic and so many people would really struggle without them,” she added.

Mags also led a high-profile campaign calling for free dental care for all cancer patients after she suffered an infection in her jaw and had to have teeth remove due to chemotherapy.

She said despite being told by former health secretary, Jeane Freeman, that it wasn’t financially viable, a few months later it was part of the SNP’s election manifesto.

But while the pledge is now government policy, Mags added that she is extremely disappointed that she has not seen this been put into practice or a timescale for it being implemented as yet.

To contact Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust for assistance call 01698 355137 or email [email protected]

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