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Cancer survivor joins chemotherapy buddy for Catwalk for a Cause fundraiser for Highland Hospice


By Val Sweeney

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Guidance teacher Sandra Patience is taking part in Catwalk for a Cause.
Guidance teacher Sandra Patience is taking part in Catwalk for a Cause.

Inverness guidance teacher Sandra Patience will be among the inspirational models taking part in tomorrow's Catwalk for a Cause fundraiser to support people in end-of-life care and their families.

The event is being organised Highland Hospice and city salon Head Gardener owner, Alison McRitchie.

Sandra (58), who has had treatment for breast cancer, will join 12 models including her chemo buddy, Maureen Davidson, as they strutt their stuff at the Drumossie Hotel.

Sandra and her husband, Ian, have a 29-year-old daughter, Aimie Patience.

She said part of her motivation for taking part was to support the organiser, Alison, as well as having her own personal reasons.

"Having been one of Ali’s close friends for well over 30 years, and being an avid supporter of all her fundraising functions over the past years, it was very difficult to find a reason not to take part in this amazing night," she said.

"However, this is well out with my comfort zone – and if my chemo buddy Maureen and I were not doing this together it would be even more nerve-wracking.

"My mum was a volunteer for the Paisley Hospice for 30 years so we were all used to helping out with various functions there.

"We then became aware of the Highland Hospice when Ali’s dad Stan came here and Ali became involved and we try to support the hospice as much as we can.

"Now, having gone through my own treatment for breast cancer this past year you realise how valuable it is to have a wonderful place like the hospice for patients and families to come to at this difficult time.

"And, it is so important that we all do our best to help in any way we can."


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