UCAN fundraiser

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A 70s themed disco in memory of Ballater man Chris Norton, who recently lost his battle with prostate cancer, raised £4,000 for charity UCAN.

Chris (pictured, right) was a UCAN supporter and all the money raised will be donated to the charity, which aims to raise awareness of the four main urological cancers – kidney, prostate, testicular and bladder – and improve the lives of patients and their families.

The event, which was attended by more than 80 people, many of who were dressed in 70s gear, was held at Midmar Hall on July 1.

The charity also recently launched a major campaign to raise £2.5million for Scotland’s first robotic-assisted surgical equipment, with integrated theatres, which will be used to treat cancer patients at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Chris had held an annual motorbike ride for the past five years around Deeside in aid of UCAN, raising more than £8,000 for the charity.

His target this year was to raise £5,000, and as a tribute to her husband and his commitment to raising valuable money for the charity, Val Norton has decided to go ahead with this year’s charity bike ride in September in order to try and meet Chris’s target.

The disco was organised by family friend Lorna Adams, who was delighted by the figure raised and the turnout on the evening.

She said: “It was such a great night and a fitting tribute to Chris, who worked so hard to raise money for UCAN throughout his battle with urological cancer.

“There were more than 80 people there on the night and they were dressed in hip and funky outfits. We’re really glad the night was so successful and we’ve been able to raise £4,000 to donate to UCAN to help them in their work.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to give a very special thanks to those who donated gifts for the raffle prizes, to those who gave a donation and to all committee members who helped organise the event.”

UCAN was launched in late 2005 to raise awareness of urological cancers, reinforce the importance of early diagnosis and self-checking, and support patients and their families.

The UCAN Care Centre at Ward 44 at ARI is manned by staff who are on hand to give advice to patients on all aspects of dealing with cancer.