MORE than £15,000 has been raised for a cancer charity in the 48 hours since it was announced its champion, Carey Lander, singer and keyboardist with Glasgow indie pop band Camera Obscura had died.

Ms Lander, who joined the band in 2002, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare type of bone cancer – in 2011 and had begun a fund-raising campaign in August to raise £50,000 to fund research into the illness.

The band announced on October 7 that Ms Lander had reached her target describing the achievement as "totally incredible".

The four remaining full-time members of the band – Tracyanne Campbell, Gavin Dunbar, Kenny McKeeve and Lee Thomson – had said they were "touched" by fans' recent support of Lander's fundraising campaign for Sarcoma UK.

Now it has emerged that the donations have shot up in the two days since it was announced that she had died from the disease and now stand at nearly £65,500.

The band have thanked fans for their continuing support for the campaign.

People were invited to continue to continue to donate to her cause posthumously by the band and bands like Franz Ferdinand.

And hundreds have from around the world, paying tribute to the musicians in the process.

One Los Angeles fan said: "Sending love to your family and friends. Thanks for the music."

Another fan said: "May Carey's legacy live on and her tremendous spirit and inspiration continue to help make a difference to others and their families that have been affected by this illness. Live life to its fullest."

Suzanne added: "I survived osteosarcoma. So sorry to hear Carey lost her battle against it. My thoughts are with her family and friends."


When she launched the fund-raising campaigning, Ms Lander wrote on her JustGiving page: "It's probably too late to help me but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don't have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival."

Originally from Maidstone, Kent, Ms Lander moved to Glasgow when she finished school at 18 because of the appeal of the city's music scene.

She became friends with a few of Camera Obscura's members and was soon asked to join the band.

She joined the band following the departure of previous keyboardist Lindsay Boyd, and she contributed organ, piano, and backing vocals to every album since 2003’s Underachievers Please Try Harder.