Bop raises £628 for Families First

Pictured from left at the Families First cheque handover are Morag Coleman, , Margo Sproson and Sharon Rayner.
Pictured from left at the Families First cheque handover are Morag Coleman, , Margo Sproson and Sharon Rayner.
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A St Andrews-based charity has just received a cheque for £628 following a successful fundraising evening.

Morag Coleman, project mmanager for Families First, received the cheque from Margo Sproson and Sharon Rayner, organisers of a ‘Charity Bop’ which took place at Strathkinness Village Hall back in April.

The bop was attended by over 100 people who spent the evening dancing to local bands “The Awkward Squad” and “Igneous Rock,” and solo singer Amy Rayner. A raffle was also held for prizes provided by local supporters and businesses.

Morag told the Citizen: “We are extremely grateful to those who contributed to this event; the organisers, the local bands who performed free of charge, and all those who generously gave prizes for the raffle.

APPRECIATION

‘‘This kind of support will go a long way towards helping local children and families in need.”

Meanwhile, the charity recently held a volunteer appreciation event as an opportunity to celebrate with, and thank, more than 100 volunteers who have been involved with the charity during this last year.

The evening was held at Holy Trinity Church Hall and included live entertainment, a meal and the presentation of awards.

Family support co-ordinator, Amanda Jones, said: “We look forward to holding this event annually, as it is one small way to let our volunteers know how much we appreciate all their valuable time, energy and commitment given over the year.”

The event was made possible by many people working together, donating their time and resources in support of Families First.

SUPPORT

These included the University of St Andrews’ Societies Pink Links and the university Jazz Band, Holy Trinity Church for the use of their hall and catering services, student a cappella group “The Humming Birds” and harpist Megan Kinsey.

Families First St Andrews is a registered charitable company established in 2001 to provide support to families with children aged 5-16 who live in St Andrews and the surrounding area.

Their aim is to provide practical help and support to families experiencing difficulties, with a service relevant to their needs. Families First works within a Christian ethos to deliver a range of activities including clubs, holiday activities, group and individual befriending and family support through a small staff team and a large volunteer base of over 120 students and residents within the local community.