Portrait of a fundraiser is one in a hundred

Sue McDonald has devoted her professional life to supporting people suffering from cancer. As fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer in Cumbria she’s been finding the money to fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals and build care centres

Now Sue’s portrait will join more than 100 faces in a remarkable exhibition that aims to help the charity she works for.

Sue, from Carlisle, is part of the photo project 100-to-1 which celebrates an entire century – and urges people to be generous in their support. It’s run by professional photographer Glynis Bland from Kendal who took pictures of people born in every year from 1915 to 2014.

The portraits will be published in a book, and exhibited at a gala celebration day in September when the photographs will be seen together for the first time.

And Sue’s not the only member of her family involved. Among the portraits are her daughter Helen, her grand-daughter Nadine Rigg (10), and her grandsons Liam Cromar (12) and Joseph McDonald (3).

“When I heard that Glynis was looking for volunteers, and that Macmillan was one of the charities to benefit, I decided to join in – and took the family with me,” said Sue.

It was a poignant time for them. Less than a week after the photo session, Liam’s mum died from cancer, age 29. “It’s very close to our hearts,” said Sue. “At Macmillan we are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It’s not only patients who live with cancer, we also help carers, families and communities.”

Glynis’ project will also support the Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool, and the Bay Search and Rescue Team. The money will be raised from sales of the book, and from a number of activities on the gala day which includes an auction of promises.

Local businesses are already pledging gifts which range from meals at top-notch hotels, to an open-water guided swim.

“We are really thrilled that Macmillan is involved in this,” said Sue.

The gala event is on Sunday September 6 at The Villa at Levens. It will be quite an occasion, with live music, a magician (David Arkay), a vintage jukebox and other entertainers, stalls run by supporting businesses (including Blue Moose Kitchen and Bespoke Aroma), and a competition to spot a “rogue” photo in the display.

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