Milngavie’s Fraser Centre holds fundraiser to help fight cancer

Table top sale at Fraser Centre, Milngavie.'David Johnstone jnr with David Johnstone snr who is raising cash for Beatson Centre'21 09 13'KG
Table top sale at Fraser Centre, Milngavie.'David Johnstone jnr with David Johnstone snr who is raising cash for Beatson Centre'21 09 13'KG

A kindhearted son whose father recovered from bowel cancer has raised money for research into the killer disease.

David Johnstone hit on the idea of holding a table top sale at the Fraser Centre in Milngavie for his dad, also called David, as a way of saying thank you to the staff at the Western Infirmary who provided excellent follow-up treatment and will donate money from the sale to the Beatson.

The BT worker (43), whose dad was originally from Milngavie but now lives in Erskine, said: “My dad is 78 now and is fully recovered. He was diagnosed last year and had his operation at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. When we found out about it, it was quite hard on the family.”

Now his dad has recovered David said he wanted to, ‘give something back.’

He added: “I give money to charity through my wages, but always felt I could do more.”

David’s dad had his operation last September so the fundraising event will mark an important milestone in his recuperation.

David said: “He is back to his old ways and the only thing he has really had to change is his diet.

“Obviously the main reason for raising money is to say thank you for my dad’s life saving operation and the treatment he received, but I also want to raise awareness of bowl cancer among the community at large.

“If cancers like this are detected early enough they are much easier to treat.”

David added that he decided to hold his table top sale in The Fraser Centre because of his dad’s connection with the area.

He also said one of the ladies who helps to run the centre has a husband who had bowel cancer, adding: “There was a real connection. She understood just what it was like and that was very important to me.”

Another reason for holding the sale in Milngavie was because of the community feel in the town.

David said: “There is such a nice feeling here. People really supported the event and hopefully we can beat this disease with everyone’s help.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed.

As a way of tackling this, The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme will invite all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years.

The programme has been rolled out across Scotland and is now available in all NHS Boards throughout the country which it is hoped will spot the early signs of the disease in order to save lives.