Huge total raised at “Sam’s ceilidh”

Left to right: Karen (Sam's sister), Stephen (Sam's brother), Stevie (Sam's dad) and Jackie (Sam's mum).
Left to right: Karen (Sam's sister), Stephen (Sam's brother), Stevie (Sam's dad) and Jackie (Sam's mum).

The parents of a woman who died from bone cancer aged just 22, held a charity ceilidh in memory of their daughter last weekend.

Sam Johnstone died in April 2009 after a long battle with Ewings Sarcoma a primary bone cancer. The ceilidh was held at Tullynessle Hall, near Alford, on Saturday.

The event was very well attended despite the snow and managed to raise around £6700 for the chosen charities - Bone Cancer Research Trust and Maggie’s Aberdeen Appeal.

Sam’s mum Jackie said that everyone had a great night.

“The music from the Jennifer Forrest Ceilidh Bank was superb and we would like to extend our grateful thanks to them,” she said.

“Of course raising money for good causes matters enormously but we wanted to make sure that everyone enjoyed themselves in the process.

“Sam always enjoyed nights out and she would have been so proud and delighted that everyone came along to ‘Sam’s Ceilidh’ and made it the success it was.”

Jackie added: “We would like to thank everyone who helped us make this possible. We are very lucky to have such a supportive network around us.

“We miss Sam terribly and we feel that we want continue the work that she would have done if she were still here and that is to raise awareness of primary bone cancer and to raise money for causes that were close to her heart and also any that we now choose on her behalf.”