A BIG-HEARTED Rosyth grandmother has raised more than £6,000 for charity in just 10 months – despite being told she had terminal cancer.

Annette Cumming received the devastating news that she had stage four cancer last July and, since then, has battled through her illness to fundraise for Maggie’s who she has received invaluable support from.

She hosted two ‘Gig with a Wig’ events at her home and will hold her final one this weekend in the hope of boosting her final total for the charity.

Her daughter, Kelly Wilton, said they have had to change the date of the event to ensure her mum can attend.

“We had been planning it would be the last weekend in July because that would be a year after diagnosis but she is now going through another bout of chemotherapy and she wanted it brought forward as she doesn’t want to miss it,” she told the Press.

“She is getting tired now. The cancer is taking its toll on her body and the cancer is spreading badly. We have got it as the Gig in the Wig finale as there won’t be any more.

“She is just a warrior – I know everyone thinks their mum is great but she is amazing.”

Annette, 57, had experienced no symptoms when she received her shock diagnosis and she is desperate to ensure as many people as possible are able to benefit from what she does before she is unable to do no more.

“Ten months ago, my mum was just like any other person. Ten months ago she was dancing at a wedding and by the Sunday she was diagnosed with terminal stage four cancer.

“She had no symptoms. She started treatment and came across Maggie’s at Kirkcaldy,” said Kelly.

“We came up with Gig With A Wig. She had lost her hair and was very paranoid about it so we all wore wigs for it – we had live music and a barbecue.

“When most people should be laying down, she is just determined that Maggie’s receives as much as possible.

“They (Maggie’s) are absolutely brilliant. Mum was only 56 when she was diagnosed. She has got a young family and grandkids. They have done counselling, someone shows them how to do their make-up. When she goes in for chemo, they are always chatty.

“These people do amazing work. She has taken it upon herself to raise money to say thank you. She had been hoping to raise hundreds but is now into the thousands. The longer she is here, the more she wants to raise.”

Before her illness, Annette, who is married to Stewart and has two children and six grandchildren, worked at McColls in Rosyth for 25 years. She has involved friends, family, colleagues and local businesses to help her.

“We all help her out and run about with her,” added Kelly. “All the family have chipped in but she is the driving force behind it all. On days when we think she should be in bed, she is out selling tickets at her work, collecting prizes and dragging us to Costco.

“This is what is keeping her going. She needs something to focus on. Most folk are in their bed when having chemotherapy, they are ill, but even when she is ill, she doesn’t give up. She is saying she is fine when inside you can see she is suffering.

“She said when she was diagnosed, the amount of people coming with a diagnosis was massive. The money goes to help them. It may do something like pay for a counselling session. She knows how valuable it was to her.

“We are all so proud of her. When she was diagnosed, she was given six to 12 weeks without treatment and with treatment, they expected she would not last the year and roughly about six months and she has just kept on going.”