Fiona’s tablet tally rises to £53,000 for breast cancer research

Sweet-toothed Taysiders and Fifers have boosted the fantastic fundraising efforts of a Dundee woman through sales of her homemade tablet – with over £53,000 raised for breast cancer research.

Mrs Fiona Edwards has been fundraising since 2003 by selling her homemade tablet at running events and through friends and family around Tayside and Fife.

Over the course of 2015 she raised £5200 and will present a cheque to Professor Andrew Evans at the University of Dundee Medical School on Monday January 11th.

“This year has been a little harder as I think that people are becoming more `sugar aware’ and I am classed as the Devil!” said Fiona.

“It has in the main been all tablet sales with a few pounds being handed to me here and there in lieu of people not buying the tablet or giving me extra - they are always good to me at the various races in Tayside like the Dundee Half Marathon, Forfar 10k, Anstruther 10k and the Glen Clova Half Marathon,” added Fiona, who is a keen runner herself. “The regulars at my fitness club, David Lloyd in Monifieth, are always very good as well.

“The money raised this year brings my total, including gift aid, to £53,500 since I started selling the tablet in 2003. If you stack all of the tablet that I have made over the years on top of each other you would have four rows reaching the Eiffel Tower and some would be left over!”

All of the money raised by Fiona goes to support breast cancer research in the University Medical School. This now includes pioneering research using 3D mammograms to help detect and measure breasts cancers in women presenting with symptoms. 

Andrew Evans, Professor of Breast Imaging in the Medical School and Honorary Consultant Radiologist with NHS Tayside, said, “We are hugely indebted to Fiona for the magnificent contribution she makes to supporting cancer research, and breast cancer in particular.

“The monies raised through charity are absolutely vital support for breast cancer research. We could not do the work we do without the support of people like Fiona.”