Family and friends raise cash in memory of Anne

Amy Barclay, Maura Macdonald, Dawn Milroy, Robert Buckley, Martyn Catling, Ruth Strachan, Hayley Duff, Sarah Buckley, Harry Capper, Elizabeth Havens, Bruce Cameron, Grant Cameron, Iain Cameron, Doretha Yeoh and Laura Bruce

Amy Barclay, Maura Macdonald, Dawn Milroy, Robert Buckley, Martyn Catling, Ruth Strachan, Hayley Duff, Sarah Buckley, Harry Capper, Elizabeth Havens, Bruce Cameron, Grant Cameron, Iain Cameron, Doretha Yeoh and Laura Bruce

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A team from Stonehaven and Laurencekirk have scaled the heights of Ben Nevis to raise money in memory of a former nursery nurse.

Anne Buckley is fondly remembered as a nursery nurse who worked for 23 years at Mill o’ Forest School in Stonehaven. She died in December 2011 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Anne is survived by her husband, Robert, and children Paul Buckley, Ruth Strachan and Sarah Buckley, as well as two granddaughters, Kirsty and Eilidh.

In memory of their mother, Ruth and Sarah, together with a team of friends and family, decided to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, and they have raised a staggering £14,379.

In their latest challenge, they climbed Ben Nevis on August 23 to mark what would have been Anne’s 60th birthday on August 22.

Ruth said: “Since mum was diagnosed, we have wanted to do something to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer charities.

“The statistics are terrifying for anyone facing this illness - 3% five-year survival rate, the worst of any cancer - and it hasn’t improved in 40 years.

‘‘We want to do anything we can to help raise awareness and fund research into improving survival rates.

“Having young family up until this year, I just haven’t been in the position to take on a bigger challenge. This year our goal was to get to £10,000 in memory of mum so I knew we had to do some kind of team challenge.

“My sister, Sarah, and I decided Ben Nevis would be a good challenge and started to ask friends and family if they wanted to join us. It seemed appropriate to do it the weekend mum would have had her 60th birthday as this was all about her.”

During her years at Mill O` Forest, Mrs Buckley worked with just short of 1000 children and families in the town and was known to many children, parents and grandparents.

n To find out more about their fundraising, visit https://www.justgiving.com/remember/1911/Anne-Buckley