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Heartland Station Manager Raises £3,000 for Children’s Bone Cancer Research

LISTEN: Alistair explains how his Christmas lights are battling cancer this Christmas

Heartland’s own Alistair Smith is lighting up Perth with his garden’s Christmas display all for a charity that is very close to his heart.

Following the loss of his nephew Gavin this year to Bone Cancer, Alistair has coupled his annual garden light display with raising funds for others affected by the disease.

Alistair explained: “This year we were saddened that our nephew passed away in September with Bone Cancer, specifically Ewing Sarcoma, which affects teenagers and unfortunately Gavin passed away aged just 20.

“Last year I remember Gavin visiting us to look at the lights and was so happy to see how we had brightened up the garden.

“Every year we buy new items to keep the displays fresh and with the advances in technologies now some of the lighting displays are controlled by apps on our phones.

“We even had a garden Wi-Fi installed this year so we could control the lights more efficiently.”

The magic of the lights and launching of the fundraiser was done by Gavin’s mum and dad, Lorraine and Craig Russell who officially switched on the display on December 1st.

The funds raised will aid in the research of Bone Cancer, specifically Ewing Sarcoma which Gavin was diagnosed with at age 13.

Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer in children and young people. It is the second most common primary sarcoma in children and young people. It most commonly occurs in the long bones, ribs, pelvis and spine (vertebral column).

Fewer than 30 children in the UK develop Ewing Sarcoma each year. It usually occurs in the teenage years, and is more common in boys.

Gavin’s legacy lives on in our community following his time volunteering with Heartland in 2019.

Alistair added: “There is so much research needed into Bone Cancer and how it affects teenagers, a charity called Liberty’s Legacy was set up. Liberty had Ewing Sarcoma and passed away just after her 14th birthday”

“Before Gavin passed away, we told him, that we would raise money for research and that our Christmas display this year would be for Liberty’s Legacy raising money for Ewing’s Sarcoma”

“One of Gavin’s wishes was that the story of Ewing Sarcoma was made widely known, and that money for research continued to be raised.

“We hope you can visit us; you can’t miss it. Just head to Beechgrove Place in Perth, have a look round the garden, take pictures, spread the joy and happiness.

For more information you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/Christmas-Lights-BGP-Fundraiser-101118695748608

Donations can be made on: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christmas-lights-bgp

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