Benchy appeal breaches target

Ellen Dryburgh (left) and Katy Horsburgh (right), both 17, on the benchy, hoping to raise money for a memorial bench to their friend Shelley Petrie, who died of an aggresive cancer on hogmany 2010, aged only 16
Ellen Dryburgh (left) and Katy Horsburgh (right), both 17, on the benchy, hoping to raise money for a memorial bench to their friend Shelley Petrie, who died of an aggresive cancer on hogmany 2010, aged only 16

After breaching its initial target, the Shelley appeal is set to benefit two other charities, reports KEVIN QUINN.

Since passing the expected cost for a bench in memory of Shelley Elizabeth Petrie, family and friends behind the fund are looking to split any extra money raised between the local YMCA-YWCA and the ward that treated Shelley.

Shelley’s mum Sandra Ballingall explained why they are giving the extra money to these causes.

She said: “I’m delighted, it’s brilliant. We have over £1,300 now. I’m told the bench will cost £750, but I don’t know for sure yet.

“But we have raised a lot of extra money now. We will split it between ward two at the Sick Kids and the Glenrothes YMCA-YWCA, because they are very good with the kids and Shelley went there a lot.

“The work they do keeps the kids of the streets, they are great. And everybody there knew Shelley, so it makes sense to give them a donation.

“In fact I’m still waiting to hear from some of her friends about money they have raised, I think at the Y. One of them raised £179.”

Shelley Elizabeth Petrie lost her battle with cancer at the age of 16 on Hogmanay 2010, just two weeks after being diagnosed.

Sandra revealed that donations are still coming in, thanking everyone that has given to the appeal- which hopes to use Shelley’s bench to replace the one outside the Gazette offices where she met up with friends, known as the ‘benchy’.

She said: “My cousin’s man owns his own business, and he got in touch yesterday to say he would donate £200. There is still more money to collect too. Tullis Russell are just going to send a donation direct to the Sick Kids ward two.

“I’m delighted with it, I couldn’t believe it when the money started coming in like it did.

“It had started off slow, then all of sudden it took off! I can’t thank everyone who donated enough.”