Charities set for boost after Shindig success

EIGHT designated charities are set for a tremendous four-figure boost following the success of an event staged in the Strathmore Hall at Forfar Mart in early June.

Close on 500 people attended the Shindig for 8 Charity Dance held in aid of Cystic Fibrosis (Tayside), Diabetes UK Scotland, the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund, the RNLI Arbroath Lifeboat, Lippen Care, Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, Ninewells Paediatric Gastroenterology Fund and Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia.

The company enjoyed a barbecue and an evening of music provided by the Lomond Ceilidh Band and High Mileage.

And, during the fund-raising part of the evening, there was a prize draw, together with impressive live and silent auctions.

It is estimated that, once the final total is in and the administration tidied up, there will be around £28,000 to distribute between the participating charities.

That will mean cheques of £2,000 going to Cystic Fibrosis (Tayside), Diabetes UK Scotland, the RNLI Arbroath Lifeboat, Ninewells Paediatric Gastroenterology Fund and Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia, and cheques in excess of £6,000 being presented to the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund, Lippen Care and Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland.

The organisers and helpers would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the evening.

“There are far too many to thank individually but thanks must go to all the companies and individuals who donated prizes for the charity auction, silent auction and raffle,” explains one of the organisers, Margaret Wilson.

“Thanks also to the companies that paid to display their banners in the hall on the evening of the event and who took out adverts and provided messages for the programme. Without their support the event would never have been so successful.”

“Thanks also to the volunteer helpers representing Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund and Lippen Care, family and friends who worked hard throughout the evening, before and after.”

The Lucky Square draw was made on the Sunday morning following the function, by Paul and Julie Lodge, who travelled from Malton to be at the Shindig.

Paul is a racing welfare officer, based in Malton, North Yorkshire.

The first prize of £100 went to Neil Caul, with £75 being won by Dave Robbie, Inverarity, by Forfar, and £50 going to Mackie of Drimmie.