A leading breast cancer charity has honoured more than 60 people from across Scotland for their fundraising efforts at a special event in Edinburgh.
The Support Wall event is an opportunity for Breast Cancer Now to celebrate those who have raised more than £1,000 for the charity. Each supporter is invited to nominate a name to appear on the wall, with many often choosing those who have inspired them to fundraise.
Kirsten Thomson, who works in Edinburgh, was one of the many supporters at the event.
Kirsten, who is 26 years old, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2013.
After receiving successful treatment, Kirsten was determined to raise money for breast cancer research and took on the London Triathlon challenge with her friend Greig Manderson. Together, the pair completed an Olympic distance triathlon, including a 1.5k swim, 40k cycle and 10k run, and raised £5,500 for the charity.
Kirsten said: “Seeing my name on the supporter wall was a very personal and inspiring moment for me. Having more than 60 names on the wall shows us that so many people know someone who has been affected, in some way, by breast cancer.
“I wanted to raise money for the charity due to its personal significance for my family and the amazing work they do. My aunt and I have both had breast cancer and it’s a charity close to our hearts.”
Kirsten added: “I also want to raise awareness that younger people can and do get breast cancer.
“I was lucky enough to catch mine early, which makes treatment so much easier. I think that a lot of young women believe it won’t happen to them and don’t get in the habit of checking themselves. That’s something I’d like to help to change.”
Breast Cancer Now Director for Scotland, Mary Allison, said: “Our supporters are all extraordinary people who do brilliant things to raise money for our research. That’s why we put their names up on the wall to thank them for all their hard work.
“As well as recognising their enormous contribution and support, the unveiling also allowed our fundraisers to meet some of the scientists who are conducting lifesaving breast cancer research in Scotland.
“Our research will help to save lives through improving early diagnosis, developing new treatments and preventing all types of breast cancer. We can’t do that without the help of our supporters so that’s why events like these are so important.”