A CHRISTMAS party in aid of a local good cause has been hailed as a ‘fantastic’ success after raising an incredible £2400.
Darren’s Big Thank You Bash took place at Watts in Cupar last Saturday in recognition of fund-raising efforts for the Darren Durrant Lackie Memorial Fund over the past eight months.
Black Watch soldier Darren died tragically at the age of just 21 while on holiday in Portugal earlier this year.
Since then friends and family have been raising money for a common good fund that aims to ‘enhance the wellbeing of young people in Cupar’.
Supporters were also able to purchase a picnic bench in memory of Darren that was unveiled in the Haugh Park last month.
The thank you party featured music from DJ Mad Mike McGhie, a prize draw and a hamper competition.
Receiving some extra Christmas cheer were hamper winner Betty Ireland of Springfield and prize draw winners Frances Shand of Ladybank, Chris Hart of Freuchie and John Gray of Springfield.
The venue and nibbles were donated by Ian Kibble, while sums of £200 and £100 respectively were raised by Earenne Stevens from the sale of books at the Adamson Hospital and Jane Nicol from an event in Buckhaven.
Fund organiser Rod Whyte said: “The night was fantastic.
“Everyone who attended made it a very special night in many different ways for many different personal reasons, and those who couldn’t attend due to their own commitments gave messages of support — thank you all.
“I personally would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the fund and all who have supported the fund for their hard work over the last few months, including Helen and the staff at VONEF.
“Without them the fund would not be in the position it is.”
Mr Whyte added: “The fund’s own Christmas present is that we are now a fully registered charity and early next year we will be in a position to accept requests from other organisations in need.”