A local lady, Freda Barton, from Glenburn Paisley has generously raised over £4,210 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Freda and her friends and family, shown here, have participated in countless activities to raise much needed funds to help support people affected by cancer in the local community. Freda and friends have participated in many events during 2009, from donning their green t-shirts at local fetes, to running the Paisley 10k, to holding a fantastic party night and even with her grandson saving up his pennies in a Macmillan Can!

“I’m delighted with the amount Freda has riased”, Susan Selkirk, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Renfrewshire, says “she’s so enthusiastic and wonderful at encouraging her friends and family into getting involved!”

“Macmillan is funded directly by donations and we couldn’t do the work that we do to help people affected by cancer without the dedication and support from people like Freda and her friends!

Freda has enjoyed her involvement and fundraising so much that she has signed up to continue to support Macmillan throughout 2010 as well – there is no stopping her!

People in the picture attached:
Back Row L to R
Steven Logan, John Logan, Nicola Taggart, Susan Selkirk, Aileen Logan, Freda Barton, Gary Urie, Michael Urie

Front Row L to R
Paul Barton, Josh Logan, Jay O’Riley, Matt Barton, Callum Barton, Susan Barton

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Cancer charity calls on local women to hit the road and make those New Year’s resolutions stick

Though the snow is still very much with us, for most the festive season is now well and truly over and the New Year’s blues are kicking in. Feelings of guilt over copious amounts of mince pies, Christmas chocolates and a few too many Hogmanay drinks abound and along come the inevitable resolutions to eat healthier and get fitter.

Now leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on women across the West of Scotland to make their New Year’s resolutions stick by signing up to the Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k which takes place in Glasgow on Sunday 9 May.

The 10k road race takes in many of Southside’s beautiful parks making it one of the most scenic in the UK. The course is also flat, making it ideal for anyone to take part, whether you’re a seasoned runner, a keen jogger or a first-timer looking to walk much of the course.

The race is a perfect way to get fit, take on a bit of a challenge and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of one of Scotland’s premier events. The women-only race always leads to friendly camaraderie with fellow runners and friends and family on the sidelines cheering the 10,000 wonder women on as they pound the city’s streets.

Macmillan Cancer Support is looking to build on the success of the 2009 race by getting even more women running as part of Team Macmillan in May this year. “Last year over 135 local women ran the Women’s 10k in aid of Macmillan and all the families we support in the West of Scotland, helping us to raise over £28,000,” said Macmillan’s Glasgow Fundraising manager Rob Cartwright. “This could help fund a Macmillan benefits adviser for a year providing welfare benefits advice to around 200 people in the West of Scotland to help them with the financial problems that often arise from living with cancer.”

“At present Macmillan is reaching approximately a third of all people affected by cancer. By joining Team Macmillan for the Glasgow 10k, local women can help Macmillan achieve our ambition of improving the lives of everyone affected by the disease through our practical, medical, financial and emotional support services.”

“Entering the Glasgow Women’s 10k is a great way to set yourself a personal challenge to burn off those Christmas carbs or get the girls together and have a great girls’ day out, whether it’s work colleagues, family members, Mums from the school gates, Uni friends or girls from the gym!”

Anyone joining team Macmillan will be given stacks of support and encouragement by Macmillan cheering squads who will line the route around the Southside of Glasgow. Team Macmillan runners will also be given a handy training guide and a sponsorship pack full of handy fundraising tips, as well as the famous green Macmillan vest with iron-on name letters so friends, family and spectators can cheer you on.

To register for the race, log on to and follow the links. To join the lean green running machine that is Team Macmillan then visit or contact the West of Scotland fundraising team on 0141 952 0085.


Firewalk Challenge

Friday 30 October 2009

Watermill Hotel, Paisley Renfrewshire

Its not too late to register for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Firewalk!

The first ever Macmillan Cancer Support West of Scotland Firewalk is taking place at the Watermill Hotel on the eve of Halloween, Friday 30 October from 6:30pm.

Although deadlines are short there are still some places available on the firewalk so don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a life changing experience!

The event will be one of the most dramatic and exciting ways you can help to change the lives of people living with cancer.

The ultimate adrenaline rush of walking across burning hot coals, with a core temperature of 1,235 degrees Fahrenheit, will leave you with the most unbelievable feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement!

The walk itself will be approximately 5 metre long and 1 metre wide, easily be crossed in 6 comfortable strides. All walkers will participate in an hour long training seminar to master their physiology and psychology. The event is run by professional Firewalking organisers.

There is a Halloween fancy dress party at the Watermill Hotel after the event to toast all walkers in their success. All walkers will receive a complimentary ticket to come to the post event disco party, additional tickets are available for friends and family.

It costs £20 to register and participants are asked to raise £150 minimum sponsorship; £150 will pay for a Macmillan benefits adviser for one day, providing patients and family members with vital financial information and advice on the benefits and grants which are available to them

We understand that the opportunity for raising sponsorship funds in time for the event is quite tight – please don’t let this stop you from getting involved! For all registrations in the month of October we have extended the donation period to the end of November – giving you and  additional 4 weeks to raise as much as possible! If you have signed the paperwork guaranteeing your commitment to raise the minimum donation of £150, and have paid your £20 registration fee, you will be able to participate!

One in three people in Scotland are at risk from getting cancer at some point in their lifetime, the need for Macmillan’s services is vital and we can all help.

Please don’t delay – We need your support! To register or to find out more contact Susan Selkirk on 0141 952 0085 or email