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Community / Electric shop joins local couple in donating TV sets to CLAN Cancer Support

Accepting the TV sets is CLAN manager Dorothy Jamieson (centre). From left to right: George Robertson Ltd director Andrew Simpson and Anna Moar, Bobby Hunter, George Robertson director Lewis Moncrieff, and Mabel Hunter. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

CLAN Cancer Support has taken delivery of twelve 32-inch interactive television sets to equip rooms at the charity’s Aberdeen-based Clan House thanks to a generous donation made by Burra couple Bobby and Mabel Hunter which was supported by local company George Robertson Ltd.

The former chairman of the Shetland Charitable Trust said he wanted to give something back after spending almost eight weeks at the accommodation during prostate cancer treatment a few years ago.

With Bobby and his wife Mabel both turning 70 earlier this year, they raised funds for the charity at their birthday party at the Bridge End hall in April.

“After I was at CLAN my daughter was there for seven weeks, and she sometimes had her bairns with her. The TVs in the rooms weren’t interactive and they weren’t big enough. 

“We raised £1,800 but rather than giving CLAN the money we decided we would buy TVs. I came to George Robertson and asked if they would help me with the price on the TVs with the money I had, and they said ‘yes, but would add a few extra’.

“The result is that through the birthday party Mabel and I raised funds for seven TVs and George Robertson Ltd have donated another five.”

The donation was gratefully received by local CLAN manager Dorothy Jamieson who was present during a short presentation at the Geordie Robertson shop on Wednesday.

“Thanks to both Mabel and Bobby as well as to Geordie Robertson for being so generous; it will make such a difference to the people biding at the Clan Haven,” she said.

“Some of the people at the Haven are no very well depending on what they are going through, so they will not be able to socialise, so it is really important that they have as much comfort as they can within the room, and this will go a long way.”

Managing director of George Robertson Ltd, Lewis Moncrieff, said: “Cancer is affecting so many of us, and being in Shetland means that people have to travel to Aberdeen for treatment. A new TV in your accommodation can make life a little bit easier.

“So we thought it to be a good idea to help Bobby out and donate some TVs for the cause.”

Last year, the company made a £500 Christmas donation to the Shetland Foodbank.

Hunter added: “I cannot say enough thanks to Clan House for everything they did. It made the experience of having to go through the cancer treatment bearable, and nearly pleasant.

“In fact on the day I left before going on the ferry back to Shetland I said to my wife Mabel ‘it’s almost like leaving hame’.”