White Lily fashion show and ladies lunch raises £12,500 for breast cancer research

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A SUPERB £12,500 was raised at the recent White Lily ladies lunch and fashion show which was a sell-out.

The latest cash boost for the locally based breast cancer charity was welcomed by consultants Dr Hillary Dobson, clinical director of the West of Scotland Breast Screening Clinic and consultant general surgeon Douglas Hansell of Stobhill, both of whom attended.

They told the 400 plus guests how their share of the £1million already raised by White Lily had helped save and improve the lives of their patients over the years.

White Lily was founded by Bearsden lady Angela Bruno in 1994 - she formed a committee with a group of friends and set herself a target of raising £5,000 for research into the killer disease. That goal was soon reached, largely through the annual White Lily ball and 15 years later the committee had their sights set on breaking the £1million barrier - which they achieved at the final ball in 2010.

Since then the charity fund has stayed open and its supporters persuaded Angela to stage the recent event which she did with the help of friends Pat Tollin and Alma Gawish.

BBC weather woman Judith Ralston admirably compered the slick fashion show held at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow and later told the Herald: “It was an absolute honour to be involved with the White Lily fundraiser. The amount of hard work that went into the event was incredible and thankfully, successful too. It’s wonderful to see what sheer determination and commitment can achieve with an event like this from start to finish. Well done to the ladies. I was proud to be asked.”

Angela is delighted at the success of the lunch, and said: “I’m humbled at the response and my only regret is that there was a waiting list for three more tables and we couldn’t accommodate them. People were so generous in their support by buying raffle tickets and straight forward donations - and I thank them all.”

Since the final ball, Friends of White Lily have continued to raise cash for the charity by organising sporting and social events, coffee mornings and private dinners.

Angela now plans a ladies dinner in October this year - details will be published in The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald when the final arrangements are in place.

FASHION SENSE . . . at the recent fashion show and ladies lunch (left to right) are Mr Douglas Hansell of Stobhill, Leigh Buchanan a former patient who modelled at the lunch, Angela Bruno, Dr Hillary Dobson and Romy Bruno.

CHEQUE IT OUT . . . Angela with her 17-year-old grandson Alberto Faccenda handing her a cheque for £1,000 which he raised by running a half-marathon on the day of the lunch, then he went on to model for her.