Slimmers lend weight to cancer charity

Families living with cancer in Angus have been thrown a lifeline by a Letham-based business., a healthy lifestyle slimming class, has raised a massive £20,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity which provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home.

The cash injection means the charity’s 31 nurses working throughout the region will now be able to provide an additional 1,000 hours of care to patients at the end of life.

Gwen kickstarted the fund-raising drive when she encouraged her clients to take part in the annual Marie Curie Daredevil Challenge on June 2 at the University of Dundee Tower Building.

More than 60 brave souls took part in the 130-foot abseil but then a dozen or so decided to take the fitness challenge a few steps further by signing up for the Hill of Tarvit Walk Ten event, a 10 kilometre walk through the Fife countryside on August 4.

This new healthy lifestyle created a very welcome by-product as fund-raisers steadily slipped out of their baggy clothes and then donated entire wardrobes to Marie Curie Cancer Care’s local charity shop in Arbroath.

Gwen, who took part in the abseil with husband Dave Page, said: “A lot of our clients lose confidence as they lose weight but deciding to take on a challenge for Marie Curie really spurred them on and has shown them that they are capable of so much.

“I’m very proud of everyone who took part and we’re all delighted to have done something not just for ourselves but for others who really need our support.”

Charity patron Petra McMillan of Carnoustie said Gwen’s support comes at a time when the nursing service is facing the greatest demand for additional support.

“We very much rely on businesses such as to allow us to continue to be where we’re needed, when we’re needed.

“Last year for every family we could help, we had to turn one away but we’re determined to double our nursing provision by 2014 and we can only do that with the support of more businesses like Gwen’s.”