Maggie’s Lanarkshire cancer caring centre received a welcome donation thanks to the efforts of a grateful Shotts family plus their fundraising friends and canine companions
Christine and Robert Hague – along with border collies Kalle and Theo – recently presented a cheque for £721 to the Airdrie support centre, nearly doubling their overall fundraising total for the charity to a total of £1538.
They raised the money along with fellow members of TT Dog training school in Lesmahagow, after an initial stream of hot drinks from Robert’s trusty flask soon turned into a flood of donations for the centre at Monklands Hospital.
Christine first joined the class with nine-year-old Kalle as she took up a new hobby upon completing treatment following a cancer diagnosis in 2010.
Robert would accompany her, taking along a warm drink during the winter months – and soon began selling teas and coffees to the other dog trainers and onlookers to raise funds for Maggie’s. It inspired their fellow members to join in by running similar fundraisers, with raffles and other events becoming regular additions to the school’s Tuesday night sessions.
Maggie’s centre fundraiser Karlyn Robertson collected the group’s latest cheque on a visit to the training class, and said: “It was amazing to see the dogs in action – they were incredible and it’s hard to believe just how agile they are.
“Watching Theo weave in and out with such skill made me feel certain he was proud to be part of this fundraising!”
Centre head Lorrie Cameron added: “Fundraising has been significantly affected during recent months and this has been a great way to raise money, which certainly helps us to continue providing our programme of support to those affected by cancer.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Christine, Robert and their dogs for generously supporting Maggie’s over the years.”
Maggie’s centres provide practical, emotional, financial and social support for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their loved one.
Christine benefited from the help of the Lanarkshire centre when the charity first opened its doors in temporary premises at the then Wishaw General Hospital 12 years ago, before the move to its award-winning home at Monklands Hospital in 2014.
She said: “I have a very fond place in my heart for Maggie’s and always try to help support the work they do – it made such a difference to me and my family, so we’re happy to help.”