THE East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal is going as strong as ever as it enters its 24th year of fundraising.
The charity’s chair Eleanor Bowman, mother of radio and TV presenter Edith Bowman, told the Mail she is delighted people continue to donate to the organisation which formed in 1989 and has raised more than £450,000.
“Last year we raised £27638,” she said.
“We are absolutely amazed at the money we get and where it all comes from.
“We are very fortunate that we get a lot of people that support anything that we put on and as long as we can get people coming to events we will keep going.”
Last year the charity gave out chairs and other life improving equipment across Fife. The highlight of Eleanor’s year was supplying a specially adapted power chair to one young girl, as it meant her mum could take her out in the car on her own much more easily.
Eleanor continued: “That was a really needy case,
“I think the mum read about us in the paper so just phoned us up. She was thrilled to bits as she had spent every penny she had to give her daughter an easier life.
“We are really fortunate that there are not a lot of children that are requiring chairs that are slipping through the system.
“In a lot of areas the kids are getting them supplied so we don’t have an age stipulation and we’ve opened it up to anyone that can’t possibly afford to buy one themselves.”
Eleanor paid tribute to those who raised funds last year, she continued: “Last year was brilliant, especially for the little things. Pittenweem Chemist done a video and raised £183 and the collection cans got over £2000.
“Lost Luggage with Jade Richards and Stewart Murray raised £945 from sales of their charity CD and fundraising night - a thanks go to the Redpath boys for organising everything.
“The belated Boxing night disco on December 28 raised £530 and £195 was raised from the Christmas raffles at the Station Buffet and Larachmhor.”
Adding to the tally earlier in the year was the annual Sportsman’s dinner which raised over £10000, a street party held by the Bowmans in June raised £2330, Coastal Care donated over £700, Edith appeared on TV show ‘Pointless’ and won £500 and in April an indoor car-boot sale at the Craws Nest made over £300.
Looking ahead Eleanor added: “We are really trying to make people aware of the charity and have a few things lined up already.
“We have got some little things organised and are hoping to put something on in the summer for the people that couldn’t get to the disco at Christmas time.
“We are just trying to think of different things as well.”