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Mum’s mad hatters tea party raises £800 for Vale Hospital’s oncology unit

An inspiring mum hosted a mad hatters tea party – raising an incredible £800 for the Vale of Leven oncology
unit.

Diz Stratton held the event in memory of her husband’s gran and in honour of his mum, who is now receiving treatment at the hospital facility.

The mum-of-two said she decided to give something back to the unit and has raised thousands over the years.

This year’s fundraiser was no exception with an incredible £800 collected within a couple of hours at the The Phoenix community centre in Castlehill.

Diz, 36, said: “I started doing the fundraising tea parties when my husband Iain’s gran Cathie Buist was being treated there around seven years ago.

“Dr Gerry O’Hare at the oncology unit was amazing. They couldn’t have looked after her any
better.

“She sadly passed away five years ago but my husband’s mum Connie Stratton has now been going for cancer treatment there.

“She’s also being looked after so well and we’re really grateful.

“The tea party grows every year and we’re really happy with the amount raised. The money goes directly to the unit.”

Around 100 people attended the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, with a raffle also held to raise funds.


Diz, who volunteers at the community centre, also gave youngsters free haircuts ahead of the new school term.

It is the second year the hairdresser has offered her skills for free to give something back to her
community.

She said: “We did the haircuts over a couple of days this year as we were really busy last year.

“We did haircuts for around 25 kids, which was
brilliant.”


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