Uphall woman is over the moon after Moondance raises nearly £1000 for cancer charity

Val McGavin and breast cancer cheque
Val McGavin and breast cancer cheque

Val, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, is over the moon with the amount raised and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the event – so much so, she hopes to hold more Moondance events next year.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer staff received the cheque from Val when she popped into their offices to hear more about the work they do fighting breast cancer through research, campaigning and education work.

The Moondance event, inspired by the Van Morrison song of the same name, was held on November 4 at Uphall Golf Club.

A total of 85 women of all ages attended the event, the youngest being 16 and the oldest 82!

It was voted an overwhelming success and the event raised £935 for the charity which operates Scotland’s only dedicated breast cancer research unit.

It was the second event of its kind in Uphall, the first being held in June, again organised by Val and her Moondance team with entertainment provided by a local bellydancing team Tribe West who were a huge hit.

Val said: “We had already started organising the first Moondance in June and printed up the tickets when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

‘‘The money for that event went to another charity but when I heard about Breakthrough, how they had an office in Scotland and were so focussed on research, I thought, I want the proceeds from the next event to go to them.”

She added: “The idea for Moondance was born out of my sister and I being frustrated at having to restrict our dancing to our kitchens and we thought it would be great to organise a ladies’ dance night that also raised money for breast cancer.

“These first two events have only been made possible through the wonderful support of the Moondance team, particularly Christine and friend Denise and I would like to say a huge thank you to them all.

“We would like to think that the Uphall events are the start of a network of Moondances across West Lothian and beyond, giving more women the opportunity to dance and at the same time raise more money for this wonderful charity.”

Gemma Gillespie, Fundraiser for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: “Every year, around 4400 women and 25 men in Scotland are diagnosed with breast cancer.

‘‘Sadly more than 1000 women a year die but Val’s bumper donation will help us to continue to fund our vital work in Scotland leading the fight against the disease.”

Breakthrough Breast Cancer is the leading charity committed to fighting breast cancer through research, campaigning and education work.

Breakthrough works to improve and save lives, through finding the causes of breast cancer, encouraging early detection, ensuring precise diagnosis, discovering new and better treatments, and improving medical services.

Breakthrough runs the only dedicated breast cancer research unit in Scotland, in the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

For more information on Breakthrough Breast Cancer contact the office on 0131 226 0761 or email scotlandinfo@breakthrough.org.uk