“End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Losing someone you love undoubtedly falls among the hardest moments you come across in life. KELTON has recently mourned the death of Ewan Begg, a member of our software team, who passed away at age 46 after fighting, but sadly losing a battle with cancer. Ewan has been a great colleague and friend to all of us, and we miss him every day.
In memory of all the fantastic, fun and sometimes crazy moments shared with him, Ewan’s long term friend and KELTON colleague Tracy Duignan has decided to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Friends of ANCHOR – and it is going to be bold, or rather, bald.
“Rather than doing a long walk, a run, or the ‘Dryathlon’, I decided this time that it would be a great idea to shave my hair off”, Tracy explains her fundraiser. “Ewan was a great guy, very quiet – a gentle giant – and such a good friend. He enjoyed a good drink and on plenty of occasions drank many of us under the table! He loved football and was an avid Aberdeen supporter – there was not a single home game he didn’t attend, and he went to many of the away ones, too.”
“Ewan was diagnosed with cancer in May last year, and he fought with all he had until the last minute. He and his wife Susan got married in December last year at the Hospital Chapel. It was a beautiful and moving service, and I can’t think of a time I saw Ewan smile so much.”
“His biggest love was travelling – he took a year’s sabbatical, and together with Susan travelled all over the world. I hope he will get to see even more from where he is now.”
On Friday, 15 June 2018, Tracy will ‘Brave the Shave’ at McGinty’s in Aberdeen from 7:30pm, and invites everyone to come along for a laugh, a drink and to support a good and very deserving cause.
Along with the creation of what will be her new summer hairstyle, Tracy will also be holding a raffle draw, for which any prize contributions would be very gratefully received.
If you would like to support Tracy’s cause, you can also . “My target was £1,000, which has already been exceeded a couple of days ago. I am absolutely humbled by people’s generosity, and hope to see the number climb some more until June. No matter how small, every little helps in our joint fight against cancer.”
Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. As well as helping with the medical needs of people affected by cancer, Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care. Macmillan Cancer Support's goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK. Find our more at: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
Friends of ANCHOR is a registered charity in Scotland to help ensure that the cancer care throughout North-east Scotland is the best it can be. Their work includes investment in advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment, patient wellbeing services, and ground-breaking research to improve diagnosis and the treatment for cancer. With the administration funded by the Balmoral Group, every penny goes directly to the cause. Find out more at: http://www.friendsofanchor.org