Thousands of pounds have been raised for charity by a woman after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Eileen Collins has raised £10,000 for Heartburn Cancer UK in less than a month.
The 62-year-old’s bid for funds was designed to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of oesophageal cancer in the hope more people will seek out medical advice.
Faced with the prospect of only having nine months to live, the Ballater woman has endeavoured to make a positive impact for others.
Ms Collins said: “I want to raise awareness so that others in my position have a better chance of survival in the future.”
She has already raised the money for HCUK and another £1,000 each for Macmillan and Cancer Research UK.
Ms Collins had contacted the charity shortly before Christmas to voice her interest in helping others who might find themselves in a similar situation.
Supporting her are close friends Jenny and Steve Gow, who organised a sponsored head shave that raised more than £5,700 pounds.
Mrs Gow, who was awarded an MBE for her own charity and volunteering work, said: “The way Eileen has dealt with her diagnosis has been simply incredible and we are in awe of her attitude.
“Eileen has the biggest family of friends and we are honoured to be among them.”
Ms Collins can no longer swallow food or drink and has to be fed via a tube due to her illness.
Despite her limited time, she is determined to continue with her efforts and is keen to participate in a sponsored walk early this year.