A KIND-HEARTED Rosyth woman had stars in her eyes on Saturday as she hit the right note for charity.

Selfless Laura Close, with the help of several performers taking to the stage as their music idols, raised £2,085 for Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation to crash through the £10,000 barrier in aid of good causes.

The ‘Stars in their Eyes’-themed event on Saturday, which took place at the Civil Service Club on Castle Way, was 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 (right, with mum Liz) took on half marathons and a run up Arthur’s Seat to raise more than £9,000 for the charity previously but decided to support the British Heart Foundation in addition this year 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 four or five years but still goes for a yearly check-up.

"Saturday night went well and, all in, we raised £2,085 which I’m well happy with.

"The acts were fab as well so it was a great night all round!”

The weekend’s event was additionally poignant for Laura, who 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 halve 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.”