Johnshaven family raised over £10,000

A Johnshaven family have smashed their target to raise £10,000 for a local cancer charity in a year.

Friday, 30th October 2015, 6:00 am
Going Purple For CLAN Left to right- Ross Sangster, Kirsty Best, Mike Sangster, Lauren Anderson and Fraser Sangster. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

The Sangster family, consisting of dad Mike and sons Fraser and Ross raised £11,500 for CLAN Cancer support in memory of their wife and mum who sadly passed away.

This week we spoke to son Ross who told us of his ‘delight’ at raising more than their target and thanked the community for their support.

The trio have done a number of events, including taking part in CLAN’s Landmark Walk for the second time raising £4,100. The walk is a 13 mile route around Aberdeen taking in beautiful sites around the city.

Purple hair Sangster's finish CLAN's Landmark Walk at the end of September

When the Mearns Leader asked Ross about raising the funds he said: “Absolutely delighted, we can’t get over the amazing support we’ve had with our fundraising but it just shows how highly my Mum was thought of by so many people.”

To get ready for the walk all three dyed their hair purple with Ross adding: “It was very fitting as my Mum done exactly the same thing for charity about 10 years ago and it was just a coincidence that purple is CLAN’s colour.”

The family also organised a ‘Celebration of an Inspiration’ night at Johnshaven Village Hall for their mum Amanda Sangster back in March which was well received around the local community. Over 120 people came to the event with acts Tangle ha’, Odium, Ferus Cane and Standby.

There was also a DJ set by Liam Beedie playing with a performance by local bands Odium and Standby together performing one of Amanda’s favourite songs, Loch Lomond.

A poster from the Amanda Sangster night a 'Celebrating of an Inspiration'

With the purple hair faded and band night well received Ross added that plans are already set in motion for the event to take place again next year.

Ross said: “I couldn’t have been happier with how well the night went and there were a lot of good things that had been said about it a few months after it was held, so I’m looking forward to the next one and the village hall has been booked for the 26th of March next year. I’ve even had one of the bands that played this year get in touch with me asking if they could play again next year.

The family are also helping with other groups raising funds as they are lending support to a Johnshaven Bake off planned for early December in the village with funds going to CLAN Cancer Support.

The Sangster's as they finished the CLAN Landmark Walk last year