The Mairi Semple Fund’s flower festival

Byside the fire by Mairi Semple Fund chairperson Pauline Simson

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A’Chleit church will blossom next week for its biennial Mairi Semple flower festival from July 19 to 21.

The Mairi Semple Fund is a Kintyre charity which raises funds to help the
people who have cancer and need financial aid to cover extra expenses.

The fund, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, was started by
friends and family of Mairi, who died from cancer aged 20.

Referral by a Macmillan nurse results in monthly financial aid for an initial period of six months, although this can be for longer.

A Mairi Semple spokesperson said: ‘If you or a family member needs our support please do not hesitate to contact Maggie Wilkieson at Campbeltown Hospital or at maggie.wilkieson@nhs.net .

‘Even if referral is directly to a hospital outwith the area you can apply to Maggie for help.

‘We do not ask how the money is spent nor do we question people’s financial situations.

‘Last year £15,750 was dispensed locally, and this year the Royal Hospital
for Children, has been given £2000 and the Beatson, CHAS, Oban and
Mid-Argyll Cancer Centres, have all received £1000 each.

‘We also provide additional funds if specialist equipment is needed to aid quality of life.’