Drop-in leads to vital funds for East Neuk agency

Valerie Jamieson, (centre) instructor a the weekly keep fit class provides a coffee club from her own pocket.
Valerie Jamieson, (centre) instructor a the weekly keep fit class provides a coffee club from her own pocket.
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A fortuitous drop-in to an Anstruther keep fit class gave a vital local agency a desperate boost to its dwindling funds.

The East Neuk Emergency Trust (ENET) donated practical donations to those in dire need, when they have nowhere else to turn.

“It is an organisation of such importance,” said Heather Cunningham, vice-chairman. “We help needy people who can’t come and ask for themselves.

“We buy things as simple as mattresses or help with the food banks or a replace a washing machine for a struggling single mum with four children, who has no other way to turn.”

When Heather joined a keep fit class at Anstruther town hall, she left with more than a healthy glow.

Valerie Jamieson, who runs the class, finishes each session with a coffee club in which the members provide a donation.

After hearing about the work of ENET, Valerie suggested she donated this year’s funds to the worthy cause. She said: “It is our way of giving and we were happy to donate the £400 raised through the coffee club and the Christmas party.”

The Trust recently gained charitable status and although members can now ask for sponsorship and donations, the pot is nearly dry. “The money is draining out, as there are so many deserving people in need,” said Heather. “We have no overheads and the committee is run by volunteers therefore, all money raised through is allocated to local people in times of need. But there is only so much fundraising we can do.”

Heather hopes that gaining charitable status and getting the word out will bolster donations.

For more information visit www.enet-eastneuk.org.uk/