Forfar football squad put in dynamo effort

Pictured is the Dynamo Squad
Pictured is the Dynamo Squad

A Forfar girls’ under-11s football team has helped raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care, by hosting a coffee morning.

The team, Forfar Dynamos, had originally planned to fundraise for equipment for the squad, but after two mums of team members were diagnosed with cancer, the team decided to split the money raised.

Debbie Whyte, whose daughter plays for the team, said: “We originally needed to fundraise for the girls team - balls, strips and such like

“The mum of one of the girls has battled with cancer for some time. Then, about 12 or more weeks ago, another of the girls’ mothers was also diagnosed.

“One night I watched a TV advert with the Macmillan coffee morning and I thought ‘why don’t we have a coffee afternoon’?”

The mums on the team set about selling raffle tickets and organising the event, with one of them also offering premises on North Street to host the event.

Debbie continued: “I part own a hair and beauty salon so I sold lots of raffle tickets and all the mums got tickets to sell.

‘‘We asked friends, family and clients to donate prizes for our raffle and if they wanted to bake etc. I organised Tesco to donate 150 pancakes. Morna Saddler, whose daughter plays for the team, kindly said we could hold it at the tea rooms and she would provide tea, coffee and sugar.

“We all organised who bought what and what jobs we would carry out, and within weeks we decided the tea rooms wouldn’t be big enough as the amount of support and interest was so overwhelming. Colin Brown kindly offered the club house on Market Street.

‘‘Everyone got stuck in, including the girls, and we had a great day. We have raised £1700 and money is still coming in.”