Fraserburgh Five raise £140,000 for charity

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Five Fraserburgh ladies have reached a charity milestone after raising £140,000 for an organisation close to their hearts.

Cheryl Stephen, Tina Gibbins, Edie Paul, Val Esslemont and Sandra Simpson have raised the incredible figure after 13 years of fundraising for cancer charity Friends of ANCHOR.

The five ladies reached the milestone after presenting another cheque to the charity for £11,750 following their latest year of fundraising.

Tina Gibbins said: “To all those local individuals and business who have continued to support our fundraising year-in-year-out, thank-you.

“Without your support, we would not be able to champion the cause in the way we have done over the past 13 years.

The groups latest fundraising events included a day at the races at the end of last year and their annual charity dance held in February at the Ban-Car Hotel, Lonmay.

The annual charity dance this year saw over 200 people fill the function suite and raised over £7,000 on the night with music provided by 5th Avenue for a 13th year running.

Ms Gibbins said: “We initially set out to reach our fundraising target of raising £100,000 in 10 years.

“Having reached the six figure sum, we have continued to raise money for Friends of ANCHOR as we have all been touched by cancer in some way; either we have been treated or have visited relatives or friends who have received excellent care at the ANCHOR Unit.”

She added: ““People still don’t hear enough about what Friends of ANCHOR do and to be able to say that the money raised is staying local and people in our area can see where the money is going , knowing that the funds is benefitting our loved ones, is very special.”

Friends of ANCHOR PR & Fundraising Manager, Sarah-Jane, said: “We are incredibly honoured to have our special collective of the ‘Fraserburgh Five’ championing the cause year-after-year in the way the ladies do.

“A huge thank-you for all the hard work, dedication and passion that each of them pour in to supporting the charity.”