LAURENCEKIRK woman Marie Thomson, helped by customers and suppliers of her Farm Shop, “What’s for tea tonight?”, the local community, family and friends, has raised £2,200 for Cancer Research UK.
Over the past eight years Marie has raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK through 5K runs, Moonwalks and a group disco with an auction. She was initially inspired to raise money after losing a cousin to cancer leaving his wife with a baby and a toddler.
Last summer, Marie was seeing and hearing how cancer was affecting the lives of her customers and wanted to do something to help.
Through consultation with her customers and family she decided to compose a recipe book, “Mearns Meal Time Menus”.
Seventy two people donated 170 tried and tested recipes trying to incorporate the entire local seasonal produce available in Angus and the Mearns localities. Over 40 business either as suppliers or from the local community sponsored £20 to cover the printing costs with their business details advertised on the back page of the recipe book.
A cooking competition, “Mearns Masterchef” was organised by Marie, involving Laurencekirk and Marykirk Primary Schools, Laurencekirk Cubs and Laurencekirk Guides to raise funds for them as well as to launch “Mearns Meal Time Menus”. Ten weeks later the last recipe book was sold!
Marie said: “I have been very humbled by the speed of the sales as well as the strength of support from the community. Thank you to those that were involved, as this has been a great achievement by us all.
“I would be delighted to lead another fundraiser in the future. I would aim this as a winter project when I am less busy as I am responsible for growing and harvesting the fruit and vegetables grown on the farm and supplying the shop during the summer.
“Unfortunately cancer has affected so many of us in all manner of ways from losing our loved ones to actually having our loved ones as a result of them recovering from the various treatments available. I feel it is important that we can help to further the development of the investigations and treatments required to aid the recovery from cancer for us all to enjoy living life to the full!”