Cracker of a tribute to my late mum!

Marie Curie Hospice. Lesley McChrystal and her dad Henry McGhie handing over to Staff Nurse Morag MacDonald and  Karen Milne, Head of Events at Marie Curie Cancer Care. 15.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Marie Curie Hospice. Lesley McChrystal and her dad Henry McGhie handing over to Staff Nurse Morag MacDonald and Karen Milne, Head of Events at Marie Curie Cancer Care. 15.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A TREE-mendous bank manager donned a Christmas tree outfit in a fun run to raise £3,000 for charity in memory of her late mum.

Lesley McChrystal (47), from Lenzie, braved freezing temperatures to take part in the Christmas Cracker 5k in Strathclyde Country Park in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Her mum, Margaret McGhie, passed away in May and Lesley wanted to raise the money to say thank you to the Marie Curie Hospice staff who cared for her in her final days.

The mum-of-one, who works at the Kirkintilloch branch of Barclays, said: “Mum was diagnosed with cancer in September 2010, a month before her golden wedding anniversary.

“She was a retired nursing sister who worked at Stobhill Hospital, so she knew exactly what was going on and tried to protect us from the worst.

“Dad cared for her wonderfully when she was at home, but she had to be taken into the Marie Curie Hospice three times, including over her last two weeks.

“The staff were all so caring and helpful throughout and we just can’t thank them enough for all they did for mum and the family.”

Lesley’s dad Henry McGhie, who lives in Lenzie, donated £1,500 to the cause which was matched by the Barclays group.

Lesley and dad Henry are pictured handing over the cheque for £3,000 to Morag MacDonald and Karen Milne from the Marie Curie Hospice.