One of our supporters in Scotland has raised an amazing £3,719.19 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by organising a prize raffle at their Caithness Fruit Farm.
On the 5th of April 2013 Patricia Sutherland received news no one wants to ever receive, let alone on their birthday; her husband George Sutherland had cancer. Only the month before George had been fit and healthy when he discovered a lump on his neck in the shower one evening. Knowing he should get it checked out straight away George had booked an appointment at his doctors straight away, who referred him to get a biopsy. The cancer was confirmed to be Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer, which George was told would involve chemotherapy initially then stem cell treatment.
The chemotherapy treatment started the beginning of May, but would involve overnight stays in Raigmore Hospital due to the 200 mile round trip. The stem cell treatment would then involve staying in Aberdeen for seven weeks. The availability of information on the treatments and support systems helped the whole family adapt well to the treatment of George's cancer.
Throughout George's time in Raigmore Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, he was incredibly grateful for the efforts of the staff who treated him. Their kind and caring nature helped him stay positive, and also enabled him to be able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day in June 2013. George's health steadily improved once the treatment was complete, then on the 2 October 2014 George was told that the cancer was in remission. George is aware the cancer may return but hopes the research which developed the treatments he previously received will progress further to help fight any future occurrences both for him and others. To help this research along, George and his family decided to raise money within their local community.
The proceeds came from raffle tickets sold during the recent Farm Open Day the couple ran on their holding at Berry Croft, Harpsdale and at this year’s Caithness County Show at Thurso East.
Local businesses donated 27 prizes with the top prize, a two night stay in Orkney, including ferry fares, won by Liz Lawson. The couple also held a colouring contest for children, a quiz and a competition to guess the time it took to shear five sheep.
The competition winners and some of the raffle prize winners gathered at Berry Croft to accept their prizes.
Also present were members of the Harpsdale WRI who did the teas at the open day.
A cheque for £3,719.19 was handed over by George, Patricia and son Robert to Annette Sinclair and Jimmy Coghill, representing the Caithness Branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. (pictured)