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Student 'totes' happy as inspirational bags raise thousands for charity

Student 'totes' happy as inspirational bags raise thousands for charity

A student has raised thousands of pounds for a north east cancer charity by designing a range of inspiring totes during her university placement.

Joanna MacQueen, a fourth year media student at Robert Gordon University, created the bags during her eight week placement at Friends of ANCHOR.

Debuting her collection at the charity’s annual Courage on the Catwalk event earlier this year, every bag from the initial 1000 ordered sold out within 48 hours, raising over £4000 for the good cause.

The 21-year-old said: "I was overjoyed at how quickly the collection sold at Courage on the Catwalk. It was pretty special seeing someone wearing and showing off their new bag that I designed!

Delighted with the response from the public, the charity has now doubled its initial order with Joanna’s totes on sale for a second time at Robert Gordon University’s Placement Fair on Thursday.

  (Robert Gordon University)
via STV via STV

Sarah-Jane Hogg, PR & Fundraising Manager at Friends of ANCHOR, said: "The three designs of the tote bag collection deliver an inspirational message – ‘Have Strength’, ‘Be Brave’ and ‘Take Courage’.

"These messages are particularly poignant for those affected by cancer who Friends of ANCHOR exists to serve and support through the funds invested in to the ANCHOR Unit and leading research.

The bags will be available to purchase for £5 through the Friends of ANCHOR website and at selected seasonal fairs in the run up to Christmas.

Every penny of the profits will go to Friends of Anchor, helping to fund cancer and haematology patient care, treatment and wellbeing provision as well as investment in pioneering research projects.

Ms Hogg added: "Our hope is that these bags will be worn with pride by many around the north east, encouraging passers-by who read the inspirational messages as well as raising valued awareness and funds for Friends of ANCHOR."

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