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Necklace is jewel in the crown of Marie Curie campaign

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Marie Curie supporter Philippa modelled the remarkable necklace which raised £4k at auction for the nursing charity.

Dumbarton hotel owner Petra McMillan has recovered from a bad fall to resume her remarkable fund-raising campaign for Marie Curie – the charity that provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill.

Petra and her husband, Tommy, a former footballer, attended a celebrity gala dinner in London, which raised a whopping £280,000 for front-line nurses.

Part of that money was £4,100 for a remarkable necklace crafted by gems expert Lorraine Law from objects of jewellery donated by people across Scotland following a nationwide appeal by Petra, who owns the Dumbuck House Hotel.

The original appeal in April asked for spare pieces of jewellery – such as odd ear-ring butterflies or broken items – and Lorraine was flooded with offers.

In addition to the cost of the necklace, Marie Curie will receive around £8,000 from the sale of the remaining gold that was donated.

Marie Curie volunteer patron Petra was one of the speakers at the fundraising auction and said she was delighted with the success of the jewellery appeal.

Organiser Paul Healey’s wife, Fiona, said she was really proud of her husband who has taken part in numerous fund-raising events for Marie Curie.

The House-builder game which the former MD of one of Britain’s leading building companies has used to raise funds has become exceptionally popular.

Fiona had a special word of thanks for Petra McMillan who gave “a very moving speech” about the care her mother had received from Marie Curie Nurses nine years ago.

She added: “I am so proud of Paul and everyone involved in putting on such a successful event again.”

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Marie Curie fund-raiser Petra McMillan with television personality Chris Kamara.

Celebrities who took part included the television sports pundit Chris Kamara; travel writer Simon Calder, Mark (Clem) Clemit, of the BBC’s The Football League Show; newsreader Simon McCoy; English badminton international Gail Emms, Bucks Fizz and, wait for it, Basil Brush – boom, boom!

Petra McMillan said: “We are so proud of everyone involved in this fab event which looks set to raise in excess of £280k.

“Despite the nerves, I managed to share with 700 people the story of my beautiful mum’s care.

“Lorraine Law’s bespoke daffodil necklace-went for £4.1k, ‘buying’ 205 hours of nursing care for more families like ours.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us, especially the Healey family, much love peeps.”

The special necklace was modelled for the evening by Paul and Fiona Healey’s attractive daughter, Philippa.

Last year, super-fit Petra McMillan and her husband Tommy took part in a fund-raising cycle marathon across central America and she completed a sponsored climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa which raised more money.

Now Petra is planning another sponsored climb to Mount Everest base camp in the autumn with a party of fellow fund-raisers.

She suffered a major setback though when she had a fall down a flight of stairs to the shore near her home in Dundee while walking her dog, Maggie.

That serious injury to her shoulder has now been repaired by surgery and action woman Petra is now back to full fitness.

It’s fitness which has seen her not just cycle and climb to raise funds for Marie Curie but do some spectacular abseiling down the side of some very high buildings.

Petra McMillan can be contacted on Facebook or you can send donations to the charity c/o Petra at Dumbuck House Hotel, Glasgow Road, Dumbarton.

Both Petra and Lorraine are delighted with the result but already refocussing their attention on the auction of a number of antique lots which were donated and are expected to boost the total further, including a suffragette brooch.

Lorraine is also creating three more pieces to auction in Scotland, including one for the Glasgow Brain Game this autumn.

To find out more about the Marie Curie charity or to get involved, please visit

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