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Keep taking the tablet

LIFE would be so much sweeter if there were more people like Fiona Edwards at society's top table.

A receptionist at the University of Dundee, Mrs Edwards is a doughty and determined charity fundraiser with a recipe for success.

That recipe - for that great Scottish favourite, tablet - has helped her raise the remarkable sum of £40,000 for breast cancer research.

Since 2003, she has been selling her homemade treat at running events, night classes and through friends and family (including her 80-year-old mother) around Tayside and Fife. She even puts the bite on those unfortunates who lack a sweet tooth - she jokes that she has regulars who pay her £1 a week not to eat her confection. This year alone she has raised £6200, which is certainly no trifle.

In two weeks' time the New Year Honours List will be revealed. The usual assortment of captains of industry, showbusiness celebrities and those who have proved proficient at giving money to the right political causes will feature prominently. No doubt it is too late for this year's deliberations, but it would be good to think that there will come a time when Fiona Edwards and her ilk come to the fore.

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