1 May 2015
Pictured from left to right: Jenny Paterson (Director of Scotland, The National Autistic Society), and Callum McCrosson (Ask Autism Support Officer), Emma-Louise Rafferty (organiser), Catherine Lawlor (Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteer).
A joint local Fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Autistic Society has raised thousands of pounds.
The Ball, which took place in the George Hotel on 14 March, was organised by local resident, Emma-Louise Rafferty, and raised over £6000 which will be split between both causes.
Emma-Louise, a 24 year old HR professional, said 'Both the National Autistic Society and Macmillan Cancer Support are very close to my heart. My brother has Asperger's Syndrome and I have personally watched the obstacles he has faced at every stage of life.'
'The NAS provide the information, support and pioneering services to make a better world for people with autism. I want a better world for people with autism, and for this reason I wanted to support The NAS.'
'I also decided to support Macmillan as I don't believe there is anyone who doesn't know someone, whether a friend, partner, family member or colleague who has lost, won or is still fighting cancer. I personally, have lost relatives and family friends, Macmillan believe that no one should face cancer alone and I truly believe this too.'
'Macmillan is there when an individual with cancer or their family need someone to turn to, they are a constant source of support and give individuals the energy and inspiration to take back control of their life from cancer.'
Macmillan’s Edinburgh Fundraising Manager, Jayne Forbes, said 'We are very grateful to Emma-Louise and everyone who supported the fundraising efforts. She has raised a fantastic amount of money which will help us make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. We help people in many ways, from specialist nurses and doctors, to help and advice for people who have financial worries as a result of their cancer diagnosis, none of which would be possible without the support of people in Edinburgh.'
If you’re inspired to fundraise for Macmillan contact us on 0300 1000 200 and access our free pack here.