Ceilidh held in Sam’s memory

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

Sam Johnstone died in April 2009 after a long battle with Ewings Sarcoma a primary bone cancer. The ceilidh is to be held at Tullynessle Hall, near Alford, on Saturday (February 18).

The two main charities set to benefit are the Bone Cancer Research Trust and Maggie’s Aberdeen Appeal.

Sam’s mum Jackie said the Bone Cancer Research Trust was the only charity in the UK which helps fund research projects into finding a cure for this disease, which mainly affects teenagers and young adults.

“This was one of the charities that Sam supported prior to her death and one that we continue to support,” she said. “We want to carry on fundraising and raise awareness of this disease on Sam’s behalf, as she would have wanted, and hopefully help others who unfortunately may well find themselves in the same position that we did.

“Thankfully, primary bone cancer is very rare but the survival rates have not improved in the last 20 years, which hopefully will change in the future as a result of more research being funded and carried out.”

Maggie’s Centre is currently raising money to bring this facility to Aberdeen, which is the only city in Scotland which does not have one.

“We have had a great response to this event, so hopefully we will raise a lot of money for very worthy causes but equally as important, we want folk to have a great night. Sam always enjoyed a good night out with family and friends, this was something that meant a lot to her.”