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Fundraising leads to Namibia visit

A funeral arranger from Scotland was able to visit to Namibia thanks to her hard work raising over £4,700 for charity.

Marian Reid, a funeral arranger for The Co-operative Funeralcare in Sharon Street, Dalry, raised the money after being inspired by the widow of England’s World Cup-winning football captain Bobby Moore.

She gave the proceeds of her activity to The Bobby Moore Fund, which funds research into bowel cancer and works to increase awareness of the disease.
“I have lost people due to heart disease and cancer so, with this in mind, I was looking to fundraise but also to challenge myself,’ said Marian.

“I wanted to do something meaningful and had seen a magazine interview with Stephanie Moore. I was amazed at the work this lady had put in to fundraising over the past 18 years and wanted to help.”

The mum of five held bingo sessions, a race night, coffee mornings, bake stalls, car boot sales and even spent a week bringing lunch in for all of her colleagues.

Because she raised so much money, she was invited to join a group of 39 other volunteers on the Namibia trip led by Cancer Research UK in partnership with The Bobby Moore Fund to help the local community.

Marian and the team helped to build showers and toilets at a primary school in the Tubisis area that is attended by 267 children. They also helped to repair the school building and dorms.

As the children do not have many possessions the team also ensured that each child received a gift, some of which were donated by children at Caledonia Primary School.
Marian said.

“The seventh day of our project coincided with African Children Day; a holiday for the children and a day to celebrate being a child. I have two children at Caledonia Primary School in Saltcoats and the schoolchildren donated lots of stuff for me to take. I was able to squeeze 5kgs of gifts in my luggage and I was very proud when we were able to give every child a gift.”

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