7 December 2016
An incredible total of over £7,800 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support last weekend at a splendid Masquerade Ball in the Salutation Hotel, Perth. All funds will be spent on services provided by the charity in the Tayside area.
Pamela McAllister, main event organiser said, “When my younger sister, Fi Munro, was diagnosed with stage IV Ovarian Cancer in January this year aged just 30 years old, she shared her wish to attend a Masquerade Ball.
"And so with the help of our parents, Richard and Alison Wood, and friends Amanda Thomson, Charlene Meldrum and Katie Hull we decided to organise a masquerade ball and donate all the money raised to Macmillan Tayside in recognition of all the support Fiona and our family have received from the local nurses and Macmillan.”
Caitlyn and Jamie provided a surprise star-studded element to the event when asked to get involved. Caitlyn wanted to ‘Pay it forward’ after Fi spotted her busking in Edinburgh before her X Factor fame and gave her one of her Random Act of Kindness envelopes.
Caitlyn said, “Being part of something so magical is one thing I will never forget”. Jamie added, “It was a pleasure for us both to perform at such an incredible event. The effort that was put into it was amazing.”
Since her diagnosis Fi has personally raised and inspired others to raise thousands of pounds for various charities by sharing her story. As a blogger and campaigner, she strives to improve awareness of ovarian cancer – the ‘silent killer’ – so that other women will recognise the subtle symptoms and seek an early diagnosis.
Her blog www.fkmunro.com now has over 73,000 readers and is a candid account of her cancer journey and the importance of living positively following a cancer diagnosis.
She exudes her very own brand of ‘love and light’ in all that she does and this, combined with her random acts of kindness, has had a profound effect on both her and the strangers she encounters, often encouraging them to do extraordinary things too.
In October Fi was named Scotland Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Institute of Fundraising and was invited to attend Westminster earlier this month to address the UK Parliament to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer.
“My sister, family and friends made my dreams come true and organised the best night of my life filled with many amazing treats including a surprise performance from X Factor stars Caitlyn and Jamie and a signed photo from Nina Conti. Thanks to the support of many local businesses and individuals the night raised an incredible total of over £7,800 for Macmillan Tayside, with all money staying local. I am completely blown away by the generosity of everyone. I will cherish the memory of this night forever”, said Fi.