A Fife resident, who established a national charity in memory of her son, is celebrating after winning a community hero award.
Swinton Group has launched a nationwide search as part of its diamond anniversary to find 10 ‘diamonds’ who make a difference in their local communities.
Ruth Gordon, from Tayport in Fife, was nominated for her work with the Stuart Gordon Fund – a charity she and her husband, Ian, founded to assist families affected by cystic fibrosis and other chronic ailments. The Fund was set up in memory of the couple’s son, Stuart, who suffered from cystic fibrosis and died at the age of 23 in 1996.
The Fund hosts an annual charity golf tournament alongside other fundraising events throughout the year to raise money for institutions such as Rachel House and the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund. The money is also used to support individuals and families, to provide equipment, fund research and offer short breaks for children suffering from the incurable condition.
The 21st annual Stuart Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday 4th October at Scotscraig Golf Club in Tayport.
To date, the fund has raised over £250,000.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, which took place at Swinton’s Markinch branch on Friday 11th August, Mrs Gordon said: “The competition is a great way to celebrate the good work happening in local communities.
“We plan to use the generous donation to continue the important work of the Fund, working closely with specialist nurses and researchers to help improve the quality of life of those with cystic fibrosis and other chronic conditions.”
Louisa Birrell, customer service manager at the Markinch branch at Swinton Group, said: “Ruth fundraises tirelessly in memory of her son to help families affected by cystic fibrosis. We designed our search for ‘Swinton Diamonds’ to celebrate individuals like Ruth. We hope this donation will help to continue the Fund’s invaluable work. Community spirit is incredibly important to us at Swinton, so this is our chance to give something back to those who go the extra mile.”
Swinton Group is donating to community organisations and charities up and down the country throughout August and September as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.