Largs Florist’s Cancer Fundraiser Blossoms Wonderfully


The bosses of a flower shop in Largs have come up with a thriving good idea to raise money for the courageous battle with cancer of a Largs grandmother.

Elaine Maltby’s family are trying to raise £ 240,000 to fund private life-extending treatment which is not available on the NHS.

The local community has been mobilizing to help since we shared the story of the 54-year-old – raising over £ 120,000 – and now a local florist has stepped in to help.

Lynn Irvin, owner of Ivy & Rose Flowers, said: “I am raffling two six-month floral subscriptions worth almost £ 600.

“Winners will receive flowers once every four weeks at an address in Largs, Fairlie, Skelmorlie, Millport or West Kilbride.”

To donate – for a chance to win the six month floral membership, go to

Elaine contracted a rare form of aggressive eye cancer, uveal melanoma, which resulted in the removal of her left eye three years ago.

At the end of 2019, the cancer had spread and inoperable lesions were discovered on Elaine’s liver.

With limited treatment options due to the complexity of the disease, the mother of three could only be offered a commonly used treatment for skin cancer, which unfortunately failed.

Now the 54-year-old’s only hope is chemosaturation therapy, a six-part treatment that is currently not NHS funded in Scotland – but available privately at £ 40,000 per session.

The family started a fundraiser of a quarter of a million pounds earlier this year with the aim of paying for the private treatment themselves.

Despite the ‘price of her life’, NHS worker Elaine remains optimistic.

To purchase a £ 10 ticket for a chance to win the six month floral membership visit


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