Petra inducted as cancer charity patron

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CARNOUSTIE woman, Petra McMillan, has been appointed a patron of Marie Curie Cancer Care in recognition of her work for the charity.

The 38-year-old mum was officially inducted on Tuesday by Tom Hughes-Hallet, Marie Curie’s chief executive, at an event at the Hill of Tarvit in Fife.

Marie Curie, the charity which provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home, bestowed the honour on Petra following two-and-a-half years of voluntary work in which she raised more than £22,000 for the charity.

Petra, who started fund-raising following the death of her mother, Renate Rennie, in 2009, said she was spurred on by the fact every penny raised locally, stays within the local area to help more people in need of urgent care.

“Marie Curie provide such a vital service to our community locally so I am happy to continue to bang their drum and to encourage other people to get involved with the charity,” she explained.

“Hundreds of people have helped us raise this amount so the thanks lies with them, not me. Carnoustie people are very generous and loyal souls and all credit must go to them for helping us be there for families in need.”

Petra’s daughter, Heidi (10), kick-started the fund-raising bug in December, 2009, with a hand-made jewellery sale at Woodlands Primary School.

This was quickly followed by the duo participating in the Plum Pudding Plod around Forfar Loch on Boxing Day and has since seen Petra and her friends hike the 97-mile West Highland Way, climb Ben Nevis and rally 65 brave souls for a mass abseil of the Tower Building of the University of Dundee last summer.

This year Petra is working with local businesses in Dundee and Angus to promote the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care and to encourage the generation of more funds to allow the future provision of palliative care at home in the area.

Scotland-wide, Marie Curie continues to be well supported by fund-raisers as generous as Carnoustie folk.

Last year selfless Scots raised £6.83 million to fund the service at home, a total which far surpasses 2010’s tally of £6.37 million and which was achieved in the face of a fierce economic downturn that caused chaos for scores of charities across the country. 

Anyone who would like to get involved with Marie Curie or donate to the charity, can contact Petra via petramcmillan@aol.com or on 07717 810365.