A fundraising campaign to buy equipment for people undergoing cancer treatment has already raised more than £20,000 in just over two months.
Head teacher Marie Fenton, from Carnoustie, died in Ninewells Hospital on October 7, two years after being diagnosed with rare cancer of the appendix.
Just a week before her death Marie, 50, who was a former head teacher at St Margaret’s Primary School in Montrose, spoke to the Tele about her fundraising campaign to raise £13,000.
The aim was to buy equipment for people undergoing chemotherapy who feared losing their hair. Special coolcaps may prevent hair loss.
Now the money from the campaign will go towards providing more coolcaps, as well as a funding boost for Ninewells Hospital.
When she spoke to the Tele shortly before her death, Marie said: “Using the scalp cooling machine allowed me to keep my hair all the way through chemo treatment, giving hope to those I love and who love me.
“I still looked like me rather than some withered shadow of my previous self.
“We have all lost people to cancer and I want my journey to be a message of hope.”
Sadly, only days later, Marie lost her battle with cancer. However, her daughter Suszi, 20, and son Mickey, 21, vowed to continue the campaign.
At the time Suszi said: “She started this and we want to continue with it as a lasting legacy to her.
“Any extra money will also go to Ninewells to help other patients.
“Mum would be so happy we are doing this.”
Now Marie’s family have revealed that in the weeks since her death more than £20,000 has been raised for the coolcap charity.
Suszi said: “This is an absolutely amazing amount and we can’t thank everyone who has donated enough.”