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Brothers says thanks to cancer unit with music

By Jamie Hall

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Ryan and Shaun Macdonald
Ryan and Shaun Macdonald

Two teenage boys from Drakies brought Christmas cheer to cancer support nurses at Raigmore as a thank you for treating their grandfather.

Shaun (16) and Ryan Macdonald (13) held a fundraiser at Dobbies in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support’s unit at Raigmore.

Shaun played his bagpipes with Ryan accompanying on drums, with all the money raised going back into the unit.

Their grandad Douglas Matheson passed away recently, and the brothers decided to raise money for the unit to say thank you for the care and treatment he received.

In under an hour the brothers raised £300, which has been handed to charge nurse Janice Wilkie.

“It is so generous for Shaun and Ryan to think of the Macmillan Suite during this time,” she said.

“We are always so humbled when people remember us at what can be a very difficult time for them and we are so grateful.

“To raise this amount in a short space of time is amazing.

“We will ensure it is put to good use within the department.”

This is the second donation the youngsters have handed over to Raigmore Hospital. In October they donated almost £2000 to the hospital’s renal unit following their annual fundraiser.

The pair’s fundraising efforts started back in 2011 when they held their first “end of the summer” event for the Archie Foundation at their home in East Mackenzie Park.

They have held an event each year since with monies raised going towards various charities close to their hearts and were shortlisted at this year’s Highland Heroes awards.

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