For today only you can download my first novel, A Beautiful Game, for FREE from Smashwords - all you have to do is click on Santa! The twist? All royalties from downloads will be paid from my publisher, Crooked Cat, to my chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support through The Willie Wilmot Fundraising Team. Willie's daughter, Lorraine, tells me why the charity means so much to her family.
It’s been ten years since your dad died from cancer, and he was clearly a family man. Would you mind taking a few moments to tell me about him.
Where do I start? He was the best! He worked hard for his family and was always great fun to be around. He would joke about being outnumbered by his girls (even the dog was female) but he always said he was the luckiest man and was so proud of his girls.
Your family have gone on to raise over £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. As well as the money, your fundraising events do a terrific job of raising the profile of the charity. Can you tell us why this particular cancer charity is so important to you.
We are so grateful to Macmillan for the invaluable support they gave to us. It was exactly what we needed. So when it came to Dad's first anniversary we wanted something in his memory and raising money for Macmillan seemed the obvious thing to do as they had been such a support.
One hundred thousand pounds is a staggering amount of money. Did you ever dream you’d be able to raise that amount when you first started out?
Never did we imagine what started as a small coffee morning in my mum's house would lead to raising £100,000. The support we have had from family, friends and our community has been amazing,
You’ve been fundraising for ten years now yet I see you’ve already got an event planned for next year. What is it that drives you to keep going?
We are driven to keep going as we know the difference fundraising makes to people living with cancer. We can't stop.
Finally, is there anyone you’d like to take this opportunity to thank? Go for it!
YES! We are so grateful for the support of so many. The Hilcroft Hotel has been amazing. We can't thank the companies who donate year in and year out, without them it wouldn't be possible. Our supporters. The fundraising team. Every single person who has come along, bought a raffle ticker, donated, baked... We thank you so much.
The Willie Wilmot Fundraising Team are always looking for local support. If you're interested in future events, please follow their page on Facebook here. If you'd like to donate please follow this link to Pauline's Just Giving page. Thank you!
Emma Mooney is a writer of Scottish contemporary fiction and is the author of A Beautiful Game. and Wings to Fly.