A YOUNG Ayrshire Cancer support ambassador has had her calls for more support for people affected by cancer heard by the charity.

Thanks to Ayrshire Cancer Support’s young Ambassadors, the historic Malcolm Sergeant Boxing Day Dip is being rekindled from the ashes to raise vital funds for children and young people affected by cancer.

Gabrielle Livingstone, 20, originally from Cumnock, is also a founder of Instagram support group, UNHEARD.

She has seen her call for more support widely featured across national TV news, after appealing for additional support services for children and young people whose family members have been diagnosed with cancer.

During lockdown, Gabrielle sought support through her online Instagram community when she heard her father had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Within days, she had created a group for others who were experiencing difficulties coming to terms with the effect of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis on their life.

Gabrielle and other young ambassadors’ campaigning work helped create Ayrshire Cancer Support’s new children and young people’s cancer support service, which has recently appointed a specialist worker to develop and lead the service.

Prior to its’ closure several years ago, Malcolm Sergeant House in Prestwick offered such support services, and as an annual fundraiser, promoted the Boxing Day Dip to help raise vital funds for the children’s cancer charity.

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Now, thanks to Gabrielle and her focus to help other young people, Ayrshire Cancer Support are delighted to bring back the much loved popular event, Boxing Day Dip, once again to raise vital funds for local children and young people affected by cancer.

Gabrielle said: “As an Ambassador for Ayrshire Cancer Support, I hope people will sign up once again to the Boxing Day Dip, to show their support for children and young people affected by cancer.

“Taking part will help raise vital funds to allow Ayrshire Cancer Support to help fund children’s cancer services.”

Eva Beattie is a participant of the Boxing Day Dip and founder of Team Beth, a fundraising group set up to raise vital funds for charity in memory of her daughter.

She said: “Ayrshire Cancer Support are a fabulous local charity, they helped us when we lost our daughter.

“So what are you waiting for?”

To register for the event and help raise funds for children’s cancer support services, which takes place on December 26 at 11am opposite Blackburn Car Park, visit: https://www.ayrshirecs.org/ayrshires-boxing-day-dip or call ACS 01563 538008. Registration is free until December 1.