Amazing May’s 25 years of fundraising

May Kinghorn (front left) with friends who support her fundraising
May Kinghorn (front left) with friends who support her fundraising

Cancer Research UK fundraising supremo May Kinghorm from Duns has helped raise more than £80,000 over her 25 years of volunteering.

Paying tribute to May’s extraordinary commitment, Donna Marshall, area volunteer manager with Cancer Research UK, said: “It is fantastic that we have May Kinghorn actively fundraising right here in Duns with such amazing local support from her friends and the wider community.

“May’s commitment over the past 25 years has been incredible and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to her for the incredible support of our work in raising over £80,000.

“There has never been a more important time to raise funds for cancer research. Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”

During her 25 years May has organised fundraising events such as music nights, garden open days, strawberry teas, fashion shows and other social events with the help of a loyal group of fellow fundraisers.

May, former postmistress at Swinton and Coldstream, said: “As a group of friends we get involved in things like coffee mornings, fashions shows and other social events but we need new ideas and new people to help so we’d be delighted to hear from anyone interested in getting involved – even if you only have a small amount of time to spare – every little helps!”

“As well as the events that I am involved in organising directly, anyone in the area can do their own thing for Cancer Research UK.

“As the local honorary organiser, I am on hand to access support from the charity and bank money on behalf of individuals locally. Another example would be with funeral collections perhaps, as undertakers are able to simply pass the money to me locally and I am able to forward it on their behalf and put it towards Cancer Research UK’s research as quickly as possible.”

Donna added: “May’s next fundraising event is a ‘Pimms in the Garden’ evening on Friday, August 9, at 7pm. May and her husband Bert would like to invite the local community to their beautiful garden at Station Avenue, Duns, to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.”

Cancer Research UK supports research into the disease through the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. Cancer survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years but one-in-three people will still get cancer during their lifetime. The charity’s work, funded entirely by the public, will help ensure that millions more people survive.

For further details about Pimms in the Garden contact May on 01361 884286.