An Aberdeenshire mum who is battling a brain tumour has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
Suzanne Davies, 37, was told last May by doctors that her recurring headaches were a symptom of hayfever.
However, when they kept coming back, Mrs Davies returned to her doctor, and within two hours she was sent to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for scans, which confirmed that the mother of two had a tumour the size of a golf ball within the speech part of her brain.
Nine days later Mrs Davies endured a craniotomy to remove the mass, and chose to stay awake for the majority of the lengthy, six-hour procedure so surgeons could make sure her brain functions were still working as they carried out the complex surgery.
And now just more than a year later Mrs Davies, who is recovering from surgery, has raised just under £35,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity, along with the help of her family and friends.
And the brave mum, who lives in Newtonhill, has even been nominated for STV’s Real Scottish Heroes award in the Courage of the Tear category, and will be appearing on the show on Monday, where the result will be decided by a public vote.
Mrs Davies said: “It’s been pretty amazing to raise so much.
“It’s great being a finalist for the Real Scottish Heroes award, but even if I don’t win the amount of money that we’ve raised and the awareness of the need for more money in brain tumour research has been so incredible.
“A lot of people don’t know, but in all of the money raised towards cancer research, less than 2% goes to brain tumour research, which makes it so important to support, because much more money should be going that way.
“Which is why we give all that we can to The Brain Tumour Charity, because one day the researchers will be able to create a cure.”
Mrs Davies, who is married to her husband Owen and has two children Max, 8, and Lauren, 5, is still recovering from the surgery, and still has regular check-ups to make sure her tumour does not grow.
To donate to Mrs Davies visit www.justgiving.com/suzeonamission/8