Alison’s £16k birthday gift

Alison Carey
Alison Carey

A kind-hearted Bearsden woman has raised thousands of pounds for a specialist unit that treats children who are being treated for cancer.

Alison Carey, who turned 52 on Wednesday this week, has run charity nights for the Schiehallion Unit at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital since 2003, when she turned 40.

With help from family and friends over the years she has raised £16,420 in total, which includes £510 from her recent coffee afternoon in The Fraser Centre, in Milngavie.

Alison said: “I was delighted with the turnout for the coffee afternoon, about 80 people came along.

“I first became aware of the Schiehallion Unit when I went there with my niece, who was aged 8 at the time. She had to have a scan as she had been feeling unwell.

“While we were waiting we saw two young children who were being treated for cancer.

“They were really poorly and I felt very sorry for them and decided I’d like to do something to help.

“When I asked staff what I could do they explained that they always needed news toys, as they must be sterile to prevent infection.

“Over the years the money I have raised has also been used to buy a computer for the teenage room, games and DVDs, a table and chairs for the play 
area and a music system in the bathroom with mood lighting which can be dimmed.

“I enjoy raising money for such a worthwhile cause and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me at all my birthdays over the years.”

Luckily Alison’s niece, who is now 21 years old, was not seriously ill, but Alison says she never forgot seeing the children on that visit to the Schiehallion Unit.

Alison added: “You just want to make them feel better.”