Great lengths for Marie Curie

An Angus woman has raised more than £1,200 for charity in memory of her friend Roni, by swimming the breadth of the River Tay.

Alison Anderson, from Carnoustie, a member of Dundee sporting institution Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association, took just over two hours to cross the eight miles from Balmerino in Fife to Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

More than most, the 49-year-old mother of four, knows the value of grabbing life with both hands, last year she was given the all-clear from her own breast cancer battle which began six years ago.

She said,”You’ve got to live every day like it’s your last, you never know what is ahead of you.

“I thank my lucky stars that I’m here and able to have done this at all.”

Alison presented Marie Curie Cancer Care, who provide free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home, with a cheque for £1,257, the proceeds of her sponsored athletic endeavour.

That money will now be used in the local postcode area to provide more than 62 hours of free high-quality hands-on care to individuals with a range of terminal conditions, including cancer, at the end of life at home.

Alison spoke of her admiration for the free nursing service which allowed her friend, Roni, the dignity of choice at the end of life.

“Marie Curie were absolutely brilliant. Roni wanted to be at home at the end and they were wonderful.”

Alison said,”Raising money for Marie Curie was a natural choice and I’m really pleased that the money will be used in this area to help another family in need. I originally started off working for Roni but we became friends and were able to chat about our shared experiences.

“I know she would be very proud of me and very happy that I’ve managed to do this.”

Petra McMillan, the patron for Marie Curie

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in Dundee and Angus, praised Alison’s efforts: “We greatly appreciate Alison’s huge personal achievement. We know that the majority of people facing a terminal diagnosis would want to be at home at the end and yet most of us still die in hospital, the place we’d least like to be.

“Currently we have to turn away one family in two who come to us in their hour of need but with support from people like Alison, we can reverse that trend.”

For more information about the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care in this area or to support the charity, visit or contact or 07717 810365.