North-east mum thanks Maxillofacial Unit

Miranda and baby Amelia with consultant Martin Ryan, husband Allan and nursing assistant Lorri Mollins
Miranda and baby Amelia with consultant Martin Ryan, husband Allan and nursing assistant Lorri Mollins

A Buchan woman has donated £2,500 to NHS Grampian’s Maxillofacial Unit, in appreciation of their life-enhancing work.

Miranda Burnett, from Longside, raised the gift over several months, starting with her 40th birthday party last year.

She said: “I wanted to say a huge thank you and to help the team in any way I could, after a golf ball-sized tumour was found in my neck.

“Originally I went in about a small lump on my face, after being referred to the Maxillofacial by a dentist in Peterhead.”

A biopsy showed there was a benign tumour and it was successfully removed from the right side of Miranda’s thyroid gland.

She added: “I was left with a scar right across my neck but I had my life!

“Maxillofacial work makes a huge difference to patients and the team deserve support.

“I would like the money to be used for helping consultants’ work, such as advanced medical equipment to help others.”

Guests at Miranda’s birthday party in Peterhead gave donations instead of gifts and she and her family have continued to raise money through a range of activities including a bingo night, quizzes and sales of her home-made fudge.

Miranda, mother of baby Amelia, presented her donation, along with a tray of her home-made fudge, to Lead Consultant in Maxillofacial Surgery Martin Ryan, at the Maxillofacial Unit in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, on Friday, March 21.

Mr Ryan said: ”Mrs Burnett’s very kind fundraising efforts means this money will be put into the endowment fund, which is used to help with education and training for staff as well as on equipment which is of direct benefit to patients.

“Maxillofacial Surgery is one of many surgical specialties involved in these conditions and we are very grateful for this generous donation.”