Christmas came early for Deeside woman Helen Gordon when she scooped a brand new Mini First after her raffle ticket was selected from thousands in a charity draw.
People from across the north and east bought £16,500 worth of tickets for the raffle throughout 2010, with monies raised going directly to cancer support charity CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen & North).
The win was extra special to Helen, who has experienced two types of female cancer during the past seven years. During this difficult time Helen benefitted greatly from CLAN’s services.
Helen, 44, from Drumoak, who has now been given the all clear, was overwhelmed when she was told that she had the winning ticket.
She said: “The news was a fantastic end to what had been a very difficult time for me and my family. During the past year I had to undergo three operations within seven months during treatment for cancer, which was both emotionally and physically challenging.
“During both diagnoses CLAN has provided an immense resource of help and support to me and my young family.
“To experience a cancer diagnosis at the age of 37 was a bolt from the blue and I firmly believe without the help and support of CLAN I would not have been so well placed to handle that period so positively.
“CLAN provided a home from home where we could all take time to take on board what we were experiencing and fully understand the services available to us. I cannot thank the charity enough for the advice and support we received during that time – something I will forever be in debt to the charity for.
“CLAN really is the most wonderful organisation and one which I will continue to support for the rest of my life.”
Susan Crighton, fundraising manager at CLAN, said: “We were delighted to be able to make Helen’s Christmas an extra special event when we told her that her name had been drawn in the raffle.
“The support we have had during the year for the raffle has been fantastic, with every ticket bought helping to ensure that we can continue to support families like Helen’s throughout the coming year and beyond.
“It was lovely to be able to give someone who has been through so much such great news to bring in the New Year.”
CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which offers support to anyone affected by cancer. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN is also developing services in the community and now has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Orkney and Shetland.
For further information about CLAN please call (01224) 647000 or visit www.clanhouse.org