THE final event of this year’s Stand Up To Cancer fund-raising drive in Helensburgh and the surrounding area was held on Saturday, October 26.

The Spooktacular occasion saw staff members at the Cancer Research UK store in Sinclair Street join forces with volunteers and school pupils around the town to gather as many pennies and pounds as they could from the public.

The terrifyingly terrific costumes certainly worked a treat as more than £1,000 was collected on the day – helping take the campaign total past the £13,000 mark.

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Last year, the Helensburgh CRUK shop was named best in the country after raising more than £12,000 - and after passing that target this year, assistant store manager Alison Sturgeon couldn’t hide her delight.

She said: “We were greatly supported at our bucket collection and Hallowe’en bake sale by pupils of Lomond School, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Lucy Wright and family plus our own shop volunteer team.

“There was a fantastic variety of costumes on display, from a headless horseman, to Darth Vader, Harry Potter and Maleficent.

“We had more volunteers than ever before who did an amazing job and raised double what we have ever made in previous years.

“We are so grateful to them all and to our community for supporting us. Everyone was very generous and loved taking pictures with the Ghostbusters of Glasgow.

“There is still time to donate in person at our shop in Sinclair Street before our SU2C campaign finishes on November 3.

“Our grand total is now at £13,000! Many thanks to everyone.”

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This year’s total was boosted by a super fit team at HM Naval Base Clyde, who raised more than £600 by undertaking 25 workouts in 25 hours.

Meanwhile, Lomond Clinic’s annual Stand Up To Cancer fund-raising event brought in more than £630 for the appeal, with a special raffle and day of luxury treatments at reduced prices in the salon.