Twynholm woman unveils cancer support wall

Margaret Currie from Twynholm, Kirkcudbright is one of nearly 100 supporters from across Scotland to be part of Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Supporter Wall, which she unveiled on 2 December.

The Supporter Wall recognises individuals and organisations who have each raised over £1,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the UK’s leading research charity dedicated to stopping women dying from breast cancer.

Supporters are invited to nominate a name to appear on the wall with many people choosing to pay tribute to loved ones that have survived or died from breast cancer. This year, there are 90 names listed on the wall which is displayed in the charity’s Scottish office, in Edinburgh.

Margaret and her brother joined the many supporters in attendance at the event. After losing her sister, Anne Galloway, to breast cancer last year she wanted to honour her wishes by continuing to fundraise for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Margaret held a coffee morning at the village hall in Twynholm which was followed by a pink disco event in the evening, raising over £2,500 for the charity. She has chosen to display her sister’s name on the Supporter Wall as a tribute.

Margaret said: “It was a very special moment when I saw Anne’s name unveiled on the Supporter Wall. Our family are extremely grateful to everyone in our local community for their continuing support and help with our fundraising efforts.

“Breast Cancer continues to have a huge impact on the lives of so many people and it’s quite inspirational to see the list of names, all of whom have been affected by the disease in some way.

“Charities such as Breakthrough have already made amazing advances in understanding and treating breast cancer but women like my sister are still dying. Until the day arrives that we can finally conquer this awful disease we need to continue to help fund charities and their ground-breaking research so that we can save more lives faster.”

James Jopling, Director for Scotland at Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: “We are incredibly grateful to supporters like Margaret who do incredible things to fundraise for us. Without their support we simply would not be able to continue our research into developing new treatments and preventing all types of breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is far from being a done deal with 4,500 women diagnosed and 1,000 people killed by the disease every year in Scotland. We want to galvanise even more people from across Dumfries and Galloway to join our army of dedicated supporters. Together, we must continue the fight to stop breast cancer for good.”

If breast cancer has affected your life and you want to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer please contact a member of the supporter team in Scotland on 0131 226 0761.