Explosions of light filled north-east skies at the weekend as one man helped raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.
John Burdon has been fundraising for Ucan for the past two years with his ‘Fireworks Against Cancer’ events following his own diagnosis with bladder cancer.
The 62-year-old from Cuminestown wanted to help the urological cancer charity assist Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with buying Scotland’s first Robotic Assisted Surgery System (RASS) – a pioneering machine that can remotely control intricate operations.
In August, the robotic machine treated its first patients.
And, on Saturday, Mr Burdon’s campaign to promote the work of Ucan continued when hundreds of people descended on New Deer to witness his fireworks display illuminate the night sky.
Last night, he said he expected to raise about £3,000 in donations from the special event.
“It was excellent, we had all the usual stuff there and people enjoyed the fireworks,” he said.
“Everyone said they had a good time – and most said they would be back again next year.
“We haven’t got a date set yet, but it will be at about the same time, before all the displays for Guy Fawkes.
“This is all about supporting Ucan and keeping their support centre going. Urological cancer isn’t a headline cancer and its centre has been entirely supported by charitable donations to offer help to people and the families affected by cancer.
“We’re keen to get as much money as we can for Ucan, and so we go on.”
One in five women and one in three men are diagnosed with urological cancers every year, and Ucan provides support for patients and their families dealing with the disease.
NHS Grampian introduced the RASS following a £2.5million fundraising campaign by Ucan, which was boosted by a £1million donation by the Scottish Government.
Mr Burdon’s event was supported by Fireworx Scotland, property firm Masson and Glennie, Lovie Quarry Products and East Balthangie Caravan Park.
Contributions were also made by livestock feed suppliers Towns and Carnie.