We're really excited to be up for two awards at the Scottish Charity Awards 2019 – the Charity of the Year Award and the Cracking Campaign Award.
The Cracking Campaign Award has been shortlisted in recognition of the Maggie’s Penguin Parade – the art trail of 80 life-sized penguins which raised more than half a million for Maggie’s Dundee last summer.
We are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award which is decided by a public vote.
This is wonderful news. 2018 was a momentous year for Maggie’s and I am so proud to know we are making such a huge difference to the lives of those living with cancer.
Our 21 centres in the UK allowed us to support 281,000 visits from people with cancer, as well as their friends and families, and I am so pleased we were also able to build a second extension to our original centre in Edinburgh.
We now see one third of all newly diagnosed people and our benefits advisors also helped claim nearly £8 million in benefits in Scotland – a phenomenal figure which means so much more when you think about what it means for people living day to day with cancer.
It was a very busy but successful year for Maggie’s, but what keeps me going is hearing about the hope we give people every day in our centres.
Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive
As well as raising more than half a million for Maggie’s Dundee, the Maggie’s Penguin Parade has left a lasting legacy.
Around 60,000 people visited the trail while the events Facebook page attracted 6,000 followers. All 94 schools, nurseries and community groups in Dundee also go involved.
It’s wonderful to have Maggie’s Penguin Parade shortlisted for The Scottish Charity Awards Cracking Campaign Award.
While the funds raised will allow Maggie’s Dundee to again welcome 12,000 plus visits next year, the impact of the raised awareness of the support Maggie’s offers will be felt for years to come.
None of which would have been possible without the determination, commitment, energy and talent of the team of volunteers, led by the Chair of Maggie’s Dundee Fundraising Board Shirley Linton, and the interest they worked so hard to generate within the Dundee community.
Sharon O’ Loan, Maggie’s Fundraising Director
Vote for us to win the People's Choice Award
This is an exciting opportunity for us to raise awareness of the life-changing support we provide in our centres so we really need your help to win.
Voting is open now and closes on Friday 17 May and anyone can take part – all you need to do is vote online.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Friday 14 June 2019.