Our fleet currently comprises of six cars; Roddy, Fiona, Pearl, Thomas, Pipes and Tweedy.
The support we receive means we are very proud to be able to own all of our cars outright and each car is specially named with our supporters in mind, to thank or to commemorate them for their incredible kindness and fundraising for our cars.
Read more below to find out how each one was named.
"Berwick Cancer Cars are fabulous, without them I don't know where I'd have been"
Lynn Adamson, Client and Supporter
‘Tweedy’ fondly named to celebrate our new home on Tweed Street!
‘Pipes’ named after our very own "Charity Piper!", Andrew Smith, to celebrate his many years of selfless service to the community and longstanding role as Chair of Berwick Cancer cars. In 2023 Andrew came runner-up for the prestigious “The Lady Rose Crossman Lifetime Achievement award" and our committee voted unanimously to name our new car in recognition of Andrew's outstanding charity service, he has covered almost every role within the charity apart from client driver.
‘Thomas’, we proudly recognised one of our volunteer heroes, Tom Matthewson, by naming our newest car after him in recognition of the tremendous hard work Tom has undertaken for his years of selfless service to the community in his roles as Berwick Cancer Cars Driver and Vehicle Manager. In 2022 Tom was nominated and awarded runner-up for “The Lady Rose Crossman Lifetime Achievement award". Our committee voted unanimously to name our new car in recognition of Tom's outstanding service and dedication to the charity and on behalf of the hundreds of cancer patients he's helped over the years and many of our drivers, past and present, came along to support Tom at Tweedmouth Service Station as the keys to our new car were handed over to us.
Fiona & Pearl
We were delighted that Carolyn and husband Keith Smith were able to join us at Tweedmouth Service Station for an official handover presentation as we collected “Fiona”, named after Carolyn’s sister Fiona McDonald who’s donation of £30,000 made it possible for us to buy our new car.
We first met with Carolyn Smith, Shirley McDonald, Diane Love and Marion Moscrop in a touchingly emotional presentation, when they donated a cheque to Berwick Cancer Cars for £30,000, made in fondest, loving memory of their sister Fiona McDonald who so sadly lost her battle with cancer.
‘Pearl’, named to celebrate our landmark 30th "pearl" Anniversary, 1992-2022! 2022 was a very special and memorable year for the Berwick & District Cancer Support Group as we received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for charities, presented by the Duchess of Northumberland at a prestigious event at Alnwick Gardens.
‘Roddy’, our first Subaru and exciting brand new addition to our small fleet of cars, was chosen by our committee in recognition of the residents of Roddam Court who each year raise thousands of pounds in aid of Berwick Cancer Cars with their very popular "Roddam Court Christmas Lights" display. Our huge gratitude to Marjorie Read and the residents of Roddam Court.
‘Russell’, named in memory of Russell Toward who was an amazing supporter of our cause and cars. An active member of The Plundering Pirates of the North East Russell went beyond their fundraising activities and hosted many ‘extra’ events, all in aid of our cars. We are proud and thank the family for allowing us to grace our new car with Russell’s name continuing his memory.
Sometimes a supporter goes above and beyond and makes their support for us a passion. Carol sadly lost her fight with Cancer in 2020 but right up until the end she was raising money for our cars with her ‘West End Saturday Lockdown Bingo’. We are proud to have supported Carol through her journey and even more grateful to her for her drive and ability to give local people camaraderie and entertainment in her fundraising activities.
‘Stanx', named in honour of the Berwick Charities Cup to celebrate their amazing fundraising spirit in supporting our Cars! The annual event which takes at Stanks Football Ground (and is played on English Heritage land, nestled into the walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed), runs from May to August. The Berwick Charities Cup proudly celebrate their 100th Anniversary in 2022 and do so much to support Berwick's local charities.
‘Louise', named in memory of Louise Laidlaw, who, along with Eileen Hepple, raised so much for our Cars. These two amazing ladies organised a quiz, bingo and 'grab a gallon' at Maguires at Ord House every Friday night raising funds for us and other local charities. Over 10 years they donated an outstanding £21,400!