29 August 2014
A Scottish businessman with incurable cancer has raised £103,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support – and has written a book to raise even more cash.
Neil Stevenson, whose family owned the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, was told he had an incurable form of myeloma last year.
The dad decided to use his time to raise cash for us, first by writing a book about his life and then by deciding to raise an additional £100,000.
Neil said: “I know my cancer can’t be cured. Every month I have a blood test and expect very soon to get the result that will mean the illness has returned.
“I decided that before I got too ill I wanted to raise £100,000 for Macmillan. I also wanted to tell my story in a way that was uplifting and not depressing.
“I really hope my book will raise money for Macmillan. The reaction so far has been extremely positive so far, but at the very worst the charity has a cheque for £100,000 and a load of books to use for a bonfire!”
Macmillan’s fundraising manager Angela McCormack, said: “The word inspirational can be used too lightly but it is the only way to describe Neil.
“Despite his diagnosis Neil was thinking about how he could use his story and contacts to raise money to help other people with cancer.
“Macmillan relies almost entirely on donations from the public and Neil’s generosity and determination will go a long way to helping us be there for people with cancer and their families.”
Neil’s book is available from Macmillan in paperback and online for a suggested donation of £5.
To get an electronic copy of the book download this PDF and save it to your computer or mobile device an then donate £5 to Macmillan by texting NEIL to 70550, or by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Neil-Stevenson-Langholm.
To order a paper copy contact Angela McCormack on 07801 307043.