20 December 2011
More than £9000 was raised at a charity ball in memory of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Allister Boyd, who passed away in 2009 following a three-year battle with cancer.
After being diagnosed in 2005, the 20-year-old student worked tirelessly to raise more than £200,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust and children’s charity CLIC Sargent, as well as working hard to improve understanding and awareness of teenage cancer. Now in its third year, the Allister Boyd Ball was held in the university’s Saltire Centre.
Fourth year students Sinead McIntosh, studying International Business, and Carla Fyfe, studying Law and Business, organised this year’s event.
Sinead said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone involved who helped us raise over £2000 more than last year. The event is starting to gain its own reputation, which helps us a lot, and we can just see it growing bigger every year. Next year we will raise more than £10,000!”
May Gilchrist, fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent, said: “It’s quite humbling that people continue to do this in Allister’s memory. He touched the lives of so many people.”
Allister has left a lasting impression on his fellow students, with a student leaders award being named in his honour. The Allister Boyd Award for Contribution to Health and Wellbeing in a Leadership Role is awarded each year to a GCU student who demonstrates a similarly outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of others.
Food and drinks for the event were provided by Cordia at GCU. A holiday to New York, which was the top prize at the event, was also donated by Cordia.
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Glasgow Caledonian University is an international university delivering excellence, with a strong commitment to the common good. With 17,000 students at its main Glasgow campus and outreach campuses in London, China, Bangladesh and Oman, the university offers a modern environment for learning, teaching and applied research.
The university has particular applied research strengths in the fields of health and the environment and is rated among the top 10 in the UK for its allied health research and in the top 20 in research in the built and natural environment.
Glasgow Caledonian University’s mission is to provide a high quality, accessible, inclusive and flexible learning and teaching environment enhanced by curiosity driven research. It applies its knowledge and skills for the social and economic benefit of the communities it serves in Scotland and around the world.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families, from diagnosis onwards. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk.