Monifieth resident Fiona Edwards has raised a total of £53,000 towards breast cancer research from a tower of tablet taller than the Eiffel Tower.
Fiona has been fund-raising since 2003, by selling her homemade tablet at running events and through friends and family around Tayside and Fife.
Admitting that her family are “somewhat sick” of tablet after the amount she has made, Fiona told the Gazette: “If you stack all of the tablet that I have made over the years on top of each other you would have four times the 300 metre height of the Eiffel Tower - and some would be left over!”
Over the course of 2015 Fiona raised £5200 and presented a cheque to Professor Andrew Evans at the University of Dundee Medical School on Monday (January 11).
Fiona was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and now, fifteen years later, has been pronounced as “cured - touch wood!” The money she raises is all spent locally and she explained that, in the past, it had sponsored a drugs trial which stopped the cancer in certain patients. The problem being that the cancer manifests in many forms.
As for her latest financial contribution, Fiona said: “This year has been a little harder, as I think that people are becoming more `sugar aware’ and I am classed as the Devil! It has in the main been all tablet sales, with a few pounds being handed to me here and there, in lieu of people not buying the tablet or giving me extra.”
A keen runner herself, Fiona added: “They are always good to me at the various races in Tayside; like the Dundee Half Marathon, Forfar 10k, Anstruther 10k and the Glen Clova Half Marathon and the regulars at my fitness club, David Lloyd in Monifieth, are always very good as well. Not only that, but the Youth Football crowd on a Sunday in Monifieth and Broughty Ferry are great supporters.
“Basically, wherever there’s a gathering, I’ll be there selling my tablet!”
“The money raised this year brings my total, including gift aid, to £53,500 since I started selling the tablet in 2003.”
All of the money raised by Fiona goes to support breast cancer research in the University Medical School. This now includes pioneering research using 3D mammograms to help detect and measure breasts cancers in women presenting with symptoms.
Andrew Evans, Professor of Breast Imaging in the Medical School and Honorary Consultant Radiologist with NHS Tayside, said: “We are hugely indebted to Fiona for the magnificent contribution she makes to supporting cancer research, and breast cancer in particular.
“The monies raised through charity are absolutely vital support for breast cancer research. We could not do the work we do without the support of people like Fiona.”
Fiona can next be found selling tablet at The Arbroath Footers 10 Mile Ladies Only Road Race on Sunday, March 6, 2016 but encourages anyone with a sweet tooth to contact her on Facebook.