North-east cousins nominated for award

Ellon cousins Mac Leven, 11 and 10-year old Findlay Friel are in the running for an award.
Ellon cousins Mac Leven, 11 and 10-year old Findlay Friel are in the running for an award.

Two young cousins from Formartine are in the running for an award after shunning sugar for two months to raise money for charity.

Eleven-year old Mac Leven and Findlay Friel, 10, took on the challenge in memory of their grandmother Marjorie Leven, who died of a brain tumour before either of them was born. She passed away in 1999, nine months after being diagnosed.

Now they have been nominated for the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards by Methlick Primary School, where they are both pupils, after raising more than £2,300 for the Brain Tumour Charity.

The boys said: “If we could turn back time we would turn it back to before gran got the brain tumour to try and prevent the tumour from happening.

“We found the first few weeks really hard and the Halloween party was difficult when everyone was trying to bite donuts hanging from a string, and all we could do was dook for apples, but there was no way we were giving up.

“We wanted to make gran proud of us and to raise as much money as possible.”

The boys’ mums, Claire Leven and Catherine Friel, said: “Our whole family was absolutely devastated by the death of our mum and she is missed terribly.

“Although the boys never got to meet their gran they feel incredibly close to her which is why they decided to fundraise for the Brain Tumour Charity.

“We are incredibly proud of them for coming up with the idea and carrying it through despite constant temptation.”