A MORAY couple who devoted themselves to fundraising to cope with the loss of their daughter to leukaemia are planning their last event after 10 years.
Donna and Iain Mackenzie have spent the last decade doing their best to prevent other families going through the anguish of losing a child to cancer.
The Elgin couple have raised a huge amount of money for research and support for other families in a similar position.
However, as the 10th anniversary of the death of their daughter Emma Jane approaches, they have decided the time is right to move on to the next chapter in their lives.
Donna said: “Over the last 10 years we have raised about £20,000, mainly for CLIC Sargent. It is time to move on as best we can.”
Emma Jane was just two years and four months old when she lost her battle with leukaemia.
“The last 10 years has gone past in such a blur I can hardly believe it is 10 years since we lost her.
“We wanted to know we were helping other families as best we could. To lose a child is one of the worst things that can happen.
“We are happy to have raised so much money as we got a lot of support from CLIC Sargent.”
The family received support at the Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick.
“That was a great help to us and we were able to talk to other families and share experiences.”
Emma’s sister Lauren (15) became a bone marrow transplant donor as doctors battled to save the youngster.
Donna and Iain, of Longmorn Crescent, now also have a daughter Kayla (4), who has the middle names Emma Jane.
The family will mark the 10th anniversary with a final fundraising event for CLIC Sargent.
The Bucc Band will headline a charity concert at Elgin City Football Club on Saturday November 2.
The family has an online donation page at www.bmycharity.com/emmajanemackenzie
Tickets for the concert are £8 and that includes stovies and a cocktail provided by the Mansefield Hotel in Elgin. A few tickets remain and they can be obtained from Donna Mackenzie on 07766 103 450.