When nine-year-old Naomi Brogan’s auntie Gill got sick, she knew just how much work the Macmillian nurses did to help.

Her mum Claire Roberts spoke to the Herald about how proud she was of her daughter showing the initiative to run her own coffee morning. She said: “Her auntie had been going through breast cancer and she just had her last treatment on Thursday.

“She’d been going through radiotherapy and other treatment, so that was what inspired Naomi to want to do something.

“She asked she could do something to help.

“She heard auntie Gill go on about Macmillian nurses and how she speaks to them on the phone and knows they are there for her and the whole family.

“She’s nine year old, you think she isn’t listening but she is.”

Thanks to kind donations from the local community, the family arranged to borrow an inflatable ice cream truck and a donation of a slushy machine for the kids.

“The donations we got were amazing. Pink Lemon on Facebook, they donated wax melts in the shape of the cancer bow, and they donated a big hamper for the raffle. We also got bottles of wine, smelly stuff, chocolates donated.

“She sold raffle tickets as well. Everybody came together, it was just meant to be friends and family, but it ended up being everybody wanting to help us and offer us things.

“This was turning out bigger than I thought. But it was definitely worth it.”

Claire kept the visit from the Herald a secret until the big day, as she was worried Naomi would be ‘too excited’ to sleep.

She continued: “We never told her anything about the inflatables or that a photographer was coming to take pictures.

“She was like ‘oh my God, oh my God,’ when we revealed it in the morning.

“She has just been absolutely brilliant, she took it all in her stride.

“I was getting overwhelmed with tears and she was like ‘mum, why ye crying!?’

“It was just so emotional when you realise what everyone had done to help.”

Overall, Naomi has raised £1,000 for Macmillian and is still taking donations online. Visit: shorturl.at/suzIJ to donate.

Lisa Wild, Relationship Fundraising Area Manager for Macmillan in Scotland, said: “Well done Naomi and family, it sounds like you had a fantastic coffee morning and we’re delighted to hear that auntie Gill is getting the help she needs from Macmillan, and from her family and friends.  

“We can’t thank you enough for your support and for raising such vital funds for us. Our fundraising has taken a considerable dip, so we very much rely on supporters like Naomi.  

“It’s been a difficult year for a lot of charities but at Macmillan, our number one priority is to do whatever it takes to support people with cancer in every way we can. The pressure on our frontline services has never been greater and we desperately need funds to keep providing that support – so thank you.”