Tower of tablet brings £68,000 to cancer research

A tower of homemade tablet, more than twice the height of the world’s tallest building, has helped a Dundee woman raise nearly £70,000 for breast cancer research at the University of Dundee.

Fiona Edwards has been selling her homemade tablet at running events and through friends and family around Tayside and Fife since 2003 to support researchers at the University. In 2017, she raised over £8,500, bringing her total to more than £68,000.

If stacked on top of each other the 15mm high bars would reach a staggering 1,930 metres (6332 feet), dwarfing the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world at a mere 830 metres.

“I basically made tablet every spare moment I had in 2017, so just under £9000 is not bad for my wee one-woman factory consisting of a wooden spoon, pot, and a baking tray,” said Fiona.

“2017 was been the best year for me yet, I still sell much of the tablet at running events across Tayside – the runners are always very good to me – and so are my fitness club and family and friends.”

The money raised by Fiona supports pioneering breast cancer research in the University’s School of Medicine, including using 3D mammograms to help detect and measure breasts cancers in women presenting with symptoms. 

Andrew Evans, Professor of Breast Imaging in the School of Medicine 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 researchers in particular."

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

Fiona presented Professor Evans with a cheque for her 2017 total on Monday, 8th January at the Clinical Research Centre, Ninewells Hospital.

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