Banchory Show has made a donation of £1000 to the North-east urological cancer charity, UCAN, at a presentation at the town’s Burnett Arms Hotel,
The presentation was made to UCAN fundraising manager, Fiona Pearson, by Leonard McIntosh, honorary president of the Deeside Agricultural Association, who was accompanied by president and treasurer, Gordon Christie, and his brother, Ernie, who is the association’s vice-president.
“We are delighted to support the fundraising efforts of UCAN which is a highly deserving local charity,” said Mr McIntosh. “Through the support which Aberdeen Royal Infirmary receives from UCAN, we have the best facilities in Scotland for those requiring treatment for prostrate and related cancers.”
The money will go towards UCAN’s current campaign to raise £2.5 million for the purchase of Scotland’s first robotically assisted keyhole surgical system and fund two new integrated operating theatres.
“I would like to thank the Banchory Show committee for choosing to support UCAN and making this very generous donation,” said Ms Pearson. “With the support of local communities and the business sector, we hope to bring this advanced technology to Aberdeen as a real investment for future generations which will potentially benefit everyone in the North of Scotland who needs a specialised operation.”
The robotic system will be used by the urological, general surgery and gynaecological teams at the hospital and will cost £1.5 million with the new theatres costing an additional £1 million.
“This investment cannot be funded from current National Health Service (NHS) budgets at present which is why we desperately need the financial support of the local community,” said Ms Pearson.
Pictured above is Fiona Pearson with Leonard McIntosh (second left), Gordon Christie (second right) and his brother,Ernie.