An Aberdeen team has raised more than £6,000 for local cancer charities after successfully completing a gruelling 10km obstacle course.
Kelly Milne (34) and her team, ‘Kelly’s Heroes’, took part in the Beast Race in Banchory in September, when they were faced with tortuous rope webs, freezing cold boggy marshes and barbed wire tunnels.
The team of 20 managed to raise £6,048, which will be split evenly and donated to north-east urological cancer charity, UCAN, and the Kelly Cumming Trust.
Part of the the donation to UCAN will go towards its latest fundraising campaign to raise £2.5million to purchase Scotland’s first robotic-assisted surgical system for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Kelly’s aunt, Wilma Milne (70), has already raised more than £10,000 for UCAN by selling her special recipe fudge and tablet at various businesses across the city.
Kelly decided to pick UCAN as the beneficiary as the charity supported her late uncle, Roddy, during his battle with prostate cancer. Sadly Roddy Milne lost his fight with cancer 7 weeks before the beast race but his family were all there to support Kelly and the team on the day.
Kelly works as an Operations Supervisor with V-Ships in Aberdeen and lives in the city, said: “I chose UCAN because as a family we are doing all we can to raise awareness of prostate cancer and raise as much money as we can for the UCAN Care Centre, ARI and also the Robotically Assisted Surgical System (RASS) campaign.”
Fundraising manager Fiona JD Pearson said: “The Milne family have been fantastic supporters of UCAN since 2009. Every family member has been fundraising and the total amount raised over the years exceeds £16,000. We are so grateful to them and also to Kelly for choosing to support UCAN by taking part in this epic challenge.
“We want to raise £2.5million by the end of 2013 to bring to Scotland the first Robotically-Assisted Surgical System (RASS) for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This equipment will directly – and indirectly – benefit thousands of people in the North of Scotland who require a specialised operation, so we are delighted to have the continued loyal support of the Milne family...”