A CHARITY ball in the Borders has raised close to £60,000 for two vital health charities.

Leanne Monaghan organised the Advent Ball in December at Springwood Park in honour of her mum.

Around 560 revellers danced the night away at the sold-out event.

As well as tickets sales and on-the-night fundraising, around 50 businesses supported the event.

More than £57,000 was raised for the BGH's Macmillan Cancer Care Unit and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.

Leanne began fundraising shortly after her mother's death in 2016 at the age of just 58.

She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just eight months earlier.

Leanne said: “From the day we found out about the cancer, the Borders Macmillan Centre were a lifeline.

"They supported Mum and the entire family through an unimaginably tough time.

"We were amazed at how many ways they could support us.

"It is tough to admit you need support when it’s not you that has cancer.

"They ensured I was able to continue as normal knowing I could talk to them at any time.”

As well as raising funds for the two charities. the Advent Ball also inspired local rally star Garry Pearson to display the Pancreatic Scotland Cancer logo on his racing car.

Garry told us: “I attended The Advent Ball and was inspired to help raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, some of the figures are eye opening and we really need to do more to change them.”

As well as organising the December ball, Leanne has staged a 26-mile sponsored walk, which raised over £21,000 for the two charities.

Dionne Denovan, Supporter Relations Co-ordinator for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland was thrilled with the support from Leanne.

She said: "Leanne’s enthusiasm and dedication to her fundraising was incredible.

"Throughout the whole process she was a force of nature. By working together with passionate people like Leanne and Garry we are able to spread awareness of the symptoms and work towards changing the outcome for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.”

Brian Renwick, fundraising officer for Macmillan Cancer Centre charity, the difference, added: “Leanne has done an amazing job for causes that are so dear to her.

"This donation will make such a difference to people throughout the Scottish Borders who use the Borders Macmillan Centre and the many services it provides.”