Children, teachers and parents from Crombie Primary School have raised £2700 at this year’s Run Balmoral in memory of a Westhill mother.
Pauline Bell, whose children attend the school, sadly died last year from stomach cancer. Mr Bell and members of his family along with pupils, teachers and parents connected to Crombie Primary ran in the TAQA Diamond Jubilee Mile and other events throughout the weekend to raise money for Gastrocan.
Gastrocan, Grampian Gastro-oesophageal Cancer Research Fund, was chosen as the beneficiary of the Diamond Jubilee Mile in memory of Pauline, a keen runner who took part in Run Balmoral 2011 despite suffering from terminal cancer. Her husband Jamie was very pleased that the charity which helped her in her illness benefited from the proceeds.
Jamie said: “Pauline was a true inspiration to us all during her short illness. While we will always miss her, we also remember her determination, fighting qualities and sense of achievement shining through when she ran in last year’s Balmoral 5k race.
“I am grateful to Run Balmoral for marking Pauline’s memory by choosing Gastrocan as its nominated charity for this year’s event.
“Pauline received the best care possible from Dr Russell Petty and his team at ARI, but much more research is needed to combat the disease. Through our support, and that of many others, to Gastrocan, we can hopefully raise the profile of this devastating illness and enhance Dr Petty’s research programme here in the North-east.”
Andrew Miller, Aberdeenshire Council, said: “Run Balmoral was delighted by the support provided to Gastrocan over the weekend events and in particular the TAQA Diamond Jubilee Mile, where £4 from each entry is going to the charity. A cheque will be presented to Gastrocan shortly.
“We are also delighted to hear that approximately 40 children from Crombie School, led by visiting Specialist Viv Taylor, were asked to provide a dance display at Run Balmoral on the Sunday. They also entered into the spirit of the event and took part in the TAQA Diamond Jubilee Mile. The School has a link to Gastrocan and the children have helped raise £2700 for the charity. Petrofac provided funding towards the Games Legacy paying for their transport and entry on the day.”
Kate Hopkins, Head Teacher at Crombie Primary, said: “It was a brilliant occasion and great that we could raise sponsorship for such an important cause and support the Bell family.”
The events over the weekend have to date raised over £20,000 for Gastrocan. Laura Tulloch, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “The amount raised exceeds all our expectations. Gastrocan would like to thank all those who took part for their hard work in obtaining sponsors and in particular, thank the public for their generous support.”