Peterhead family raise over 3k in Marlene’s memory

Marlene, Michael and Megan Duncan
Marlene, Michael and Megan Duncan

The family of a Peterhead woman who died from a rare disease that left her unable to eat have raised over £3,000 for charity.

Michael and Megan Duncan raised the money in memory of their wife and mother Marlene who died from a form of systemic scleroderma in July.

The father and daughter raised the money for Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK (SRUK) by hosting a quiz night at Peterhead Football Club.

All the money raised from raffles at Connie’s Fair also went towards the charity as the organiser, Connie Chiappino, is Marlene’s aunt.

The total raised for SRUK at the quiz night was £2254.43 while the raffles at Connie’s Fair raised a further £910 for the charity.

On top of the £3,164 raised over the two events the family had already fundraised over £1,000 for the charity and are continuing to appeal to local businesses get involved and donate prizes for raffles and other future events.

Amy Baker, Head of Engagement and Development from Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK. “At this very difficult time Michael and Megan have decided to celebrate Marlene’s life by fundraising in her memory to support other families facing the challenges of scleroderma.”

Speaking to the Buchanie previously about the condition which killed his wife Michael said it was hard for the family due to the lack of awareness and funding in place to help fight the rare disease.

Michael said: “There’s no cure for what Marlene had - it just got worse as it went on.”