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Fiona’s tower of homemade tablet raises nearly £70,000 for vital breast cancer research

Professor Evans with Fiona.
Professor Evans with Fiona.

A tower of homemade tablet, more than twice the height of the world’s tallest building, has helped a Monifieth woman raise nearly £70,000 for breast cancer research.

Fiona Edwards has been selling her homemade tablet at running events and through friends and family around Tayside and Fife since 2003 to support researchers at the University of Dundee.

In 2017, she raised more than £8,500, bringing her total to more than £68,000.

If stacked on top of each other the 15mm high bars would reach a staggering 1,930 metres (6332 feet), dwarfing the 2717-foot Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world.

“I basically made tablet every spare moment I had in 2017, so just under £9,000 is not bad for my wee one woman factory consisting of a wooden spoon, pot and a baking tray,” said Fiona.

“2017 was been the best year for me yet – I still sell much of the tablet at running events across Tayside – the runners are always very good to me – and so are my fitness club and family and friends.”

Fiona said she will have to slow down at some point but she’s got no plans to hang up her apron just yet.

“This is year 15 and every year I think it’ll be the last but I’ve kept going,” she said.

“I don’t enjoy making the tablet but every time I get to another £1,000 it gives me a huge incentive to keep going.”

The money raised by Fiona supports pioneering breast cancer research in the university’s School of Medicine, including using 3D mammograms to help detect and measure breasts cancers in women presenting with symptoms.

Andrew Evans, Professor of Breast Imaging in the School of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Radiologist with NHS Tayside, said, “We are hugely indebted to Fiona for the magnificent contribution she makes to supporting cancer research, and breast cancer researchers in particular.

“The monies raised through charity are absolutely vital support for breast cancer research.

“We could not do the work we do without the support of people like Fiona.”

Professor Evans said Fiona’s efforts were incredibly humbling and very inspiring.

“Grant funding is very difficult at the moment,” he said.

“With Brexit it’s virtually impossible so fundraising like this is so important.”

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