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Weʼre raising £15,000 to pay for my old friend Claire Bothwell to receive pioneering but expensive treatment for her stage 4 cancer.

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I am running the Glasgow half marathon to raise funds for treatment for my dear friend Claire Bothwell.

I first met Claire nearly twenty years ago when she came down from Aberdeen as my replacement as a researcher on the BBC's Frontline Scotland (it's OK, I was leaving anyway) and I had to show this seemingly quiet and studious type the ropes. She mentioned she hadn't found a flat and as luck would have it, I knew someone with a spare room. So we ended up becoming friends and I soon realised beneath that timid exterior was a wicked sense of humour and a fun loving party animal.

Since then Claire has had three wonderful children with her fellow ginge and all round good guy, Liam, who has also become a close friend and my wife Victoria married them both during the summer (she's a celebrant, not a polygamist).

Last year Claire was diagnosed with bowel cancer and after surgery to remove the tumour it looked like she was in the clear. Unfortunately, tests showed it had spread to her lungs and despite getting 9 months of chemotherapy and five tumours removed from her lungs in the summer two more tumours have already appeared in her lungs. She has now been told it’s probably incurable.

As if that’s not unlucky enough Claire has also been diagnosed with a second unrelated cancer - lymphoma. Having two different cancers excludes her from taking part in most trials so she is going to have to pay for any experimental treatment herself.

The good news is there is a new form of immunology called TIL therapy that could save her life. The treatment is at a very early stage and therefore it’s hideously expensive and not available to Claire on the NHS.

Her best option now is to try and raise funds to be treated privately in America or Europe.

So if you can spare even a couple of quid, Claire, her family, her friends and myself would be massively grateful.

All proceeds will be going to a fund shortly to be set up to help Claire and anything left over will go to Cancer Relief – until then the money will be as Father Ted says, resting in my account but this page will keep a record of all pledges.

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  • Angus Dixon1 day ago
    Angus Dixon

    Angus Dixon

    1 day ago

    10K REACHED! I REALLY CAN'T BELIEVE HOW GENEROUS PEOPLE ARE Claire has been in touch to say thanks to everyone and how much hope this has given her My flabber has been gasted - I only changed the target to 10K last night. There has been some big donations but also some very touching small ones from people who haven't even met Claire. So I'm now going for a target of 15K - I keep expecting the donations to tail off at some point but thanks to people sharing it, that doesn't seem to be happening yet so let's keep going.

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  • Angus Dixon2 days ago
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    Angus Dixon

    2 days ago

    6K ACHIEVED! UTTERLY AMAZING! THERE REALLY IS A LOT OF DECENT HUMAN BEINGS OUT THERE wow! can't believe it, my gob is utterly smacked. the response to claire's situation is enough to restore your faith in humanity. so to avoid posting these updates every 12 hours or so, i'm going for broke and whacking the target up to 10K! we can do this!

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  • Angus Dixon3 days ago
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    Angus Dixon

    3 days ago

    THIRD TARGET OF 4K SMASHED IN JUST OVER A DAY! SUPERLATIVES EXHAUSTED! simply amazing folks. I was initially worried about reaching 1k and toyed with the idea of making the total £500. we're now on course to make ten times that within a couple of days and i have now upped the total to 6k. i can't thank you all enough. i've been keeping Claire aware of the progress and i think she's quite overcome but how generous and wonderful everyone has been but that is exactly the qualities so many of us admire in claire

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Page last updated on: 9/18/2018 6:55 PM

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251

  • Jenny Macfadyen

    Jenny Macfadyen

    Sep 18, 2018

  • Sophie Hinds

    Sophie Hinds

    Sep 18, 2018

    Just a little, but I hope this helps.

    £10.00

  • Mary Milne

    Mary Milne

    Sep 18, 2018

    Sending lots of love and prayers to Claire and family. With love from Mary and Johnny xx

    £30.00

  • Ross Clacherty

    Ross Clacherty

    Sep 18, 2018

    This is amazing. Please wish Claire the best of luck in the world from me.

    £20.00

  • Annie Paterson

    Annie Paterson

    Sep 18, 2018

    Lots of love and luck to Claire, Liam and family. x

  • Alex Redford

    Alex Redford

    Sep 18, 2018

    £20.00

  • Leigh garden

    Leigh garden

    Sep 18, 2018

    £20.00

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