Shire inspired by Peterhead teenager’s charity work

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A Peterhead teenager who survived cancer has been nominated for an award due to the fundraisng she does to help fight the disease.

Bethany Smith has been put forward for the Best of Buchan category in the Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards after raising thousands of pounds for cancer research.

She said: “I feel do honoured and humbled because so many fight against cancer.”

Bethany was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 8 months.

She went through 6 months of chemotherapy at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and specialised radiotherapy at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

Since beating the disease Bethany has went on to do a lot of work with her Relay For Life team, raising over £2,000 for Cancer Research UK in 2014 and £4,800 in 2015.

The team has now set itself a target of over £5,000 for the 2016 relay on July 2.

Bethany said: “When I go to the Relay for Life meetings they go through how all the money is being raised and spent.

“It’s great when you do see it because you know your money is going to a good place.”

Having just sat her exams the S6 student is applying to university in the hope of becoming a nurse so she can help others and continue to fight cancer and find a cure.

She said: “The reason I want to do nursing is because I have been surrounded by that all my life and it makes me want to give something back.

“The reason I do all this fundraising is to find a cure.”