A KIND-HEARTED Rosyth woman will have stars in her eyes this weekend as she aims to raise a bundle of cash for charity.

Selfless Laura Close, with the help of several performers taking to the stage as their music idols, is hoping to crash through the £10,000 barrier in her quest to fundraise for Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

The 'Stars in their Eyes' themed event on Saturday, which will be held at the Civil Service Club on Castle Way, is the third such fundraiser she's held in aid of Cancer Research after her mum, Liz Bryce, was diagnosed with breast cancer twice in the space of just seven years.

Laura, , has even taken on half marathons and a run up Arthur's Seat to raise over £9,000 for the charity but will now also support the British Heart Foundation after losing two pals little more than 12 months apart.

She said: "My mum was 42 at the time she was first diagnosed and it was a shock, especially as she was quite young. She was then diagnosed for a second time seven years to the date she was told she was in remission and she had intense chemotherapy for six months. When she was diagnosed for the first time, she had lumps removed and radiotherapy.

"She's doing fine now and has been in remission for 4-5 years but still goes for a yearly check-up, but it was about four years ago that I held the first 'Stars In Your Eyes' event. It was after the second time that I wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research UK and I've done other things like the Edinburgh half marathon and ran up Arthur's Seat."

This weekend's event will be additionally poignant for Laura, who will split the proceeds raised with the British Heart Foundation in memory of friends Lee Duffy, a popular football coach with Rosyth FC who passed away in February last year aged just 38, and Mark Connerton.

Laura added: "Lee was my best friend's brother and Mark died in March, and was only 45. They were both quite young and had heart conditions so that's why I thought I'd half the money between the two charities.

"I've done other things like dry January and Stoptober to raise money and I'm hoping after this that I'll have raised over £10,000 all-in. I feel pride in the effort I've put in and my family think it's brilliant too.

"They're proud of what I've done."