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Monifieth Citizen of Year honour for Ben Nevis-sized tablet mountain fundraiser

Fiona with her tablet.
Fiona with her tablet.

An Angus cancer survivor who has sold tablet one-and-a-half times the height of Ben Nevis has been named the first Monifieth Citizen of the Year.

Fiona Edwards was diagnosed in 2003 and since then has sold 1.3 million portions of homemade tablet to raise £75,000 for Breast Cancer Research.

If each bar was stacked one on top of another it would reach 6,332 feet; one-and-a-half times the height of Britain’s highest mountain and more than twice the height of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

Fiona, who is a receptionist in the College of Life Sciences at Dundee University, is also a keen runner, and she sells her tablet at events around Tayside and Fife, including the Dundee Half Marathon, Forfar 10k, Anstruther 10k, and the Glen Clova Half Marathon.

Fiona Edwards.

Other regular customers include students and staff in the college as well as fellow fitness fanatics at the David Lloyd gym in Monifieth.

Andrew Evans, professor of breast imaging in the medical school 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 in particular.

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

A general view of Ben Nevis.

The citizen of the year event was sponsored by Monifieth and District Rotary Club.

A presentation was also made to Monifieth’s Young Citizen of the Year – Gregor Ramsay.

He has been a member of the 1st Monifieth Boys’ Brigade since the age of five.

His achievements include the award of the President’s Badge and, in 2011 culminated in the award of the Queen’s Badge which is the highest award available.

After he left the BB, Gregor wanted to give something back and continued to be associated with 1st Monifieth as a volunteer.

Fiona Edwards’ son Greg (second from right) and father Jim McCormick (right) accepted the award on Fiona’s behalf, as she was unable to attend the event. Also pictured are Gregor Ramsay (second from left), Rotarian Hugh Begg (left) and club president Derek Uchman.

He has successfully completed a range of training courses which led to his appointment as a BB lieutenant officer working as part of a team with both the junior and company sections in Monifieth.

A third award, pupil of the year, was jointly won by a group of S3 pupils at Monifieth High School  who have worked alongside Dundee and Angus College to promote safe working practices in a fun and interactive way.

They took part in the LOcHER project run by Dundee and Angus College, and their aim was to promote positive mental health in the workplace and at school.

Three of the pupils were invited to the Scottish Parliament to present the reasons why we should encourage more organisations to look at their staff’s mental and physical health.

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