Early Christmas presents for St Andrews charities

Midsummer Ball charity recipients.
Midsummer Ball charity recipients.
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More than 20 charities gathered at the Fairmont St Andrews to receive cheques from the organisers of the St Andrews Midsummer Ball and Madsummer Dash, totalling a staggering £75,000.

The money raised at the events held in June was an all-time record for the organisers.

Stephen Mercer, chair of the organising committee, told the Citizen: ‘‘We were again astounded by the generosity of businesses and organisations, large and small, who donated a range of prizes – as well as the continued support of those who attended the ball which is now in it’s fifth year.

“It is fantastic to see how much of a difference this cash injection will bring to these children’s charities.

“Given that we are all feeling the pinch – including the charities benefiting from the funds raised – it is heart warming that we continue to get support from the people and businesses of St Andrews for this event.”

All the charities given a financial boost are focused on helping children and most are locally based.

Beneficiaries this year included Home Start East Fife (£1000), Joe Connell (downhill cyclist) £500, St Andrews Sailing Club (£2000), Cruse Bereavement Care (£1000), Madras College Rugby (£2000), Largo Cricket Club (£1000), St Andrews Girl Guides (£1000), St Andrews Colts Football Club (£1500), Grey Lodge Settlement, Dundee (£1500), Madras College Pipe Band (£1000), Childline (£5000), Nordoff Robbins (£2500), Headway Tayside (£2500), British Lung Foundation (£1000), RAF Services Fund (Blades Flights) (£7000), RAF Leuchars Children’s Christmas Party (£1000).

In addition to the cash raised at the Midsummer Ball, the Midsummer Dash – a relay cycle run from London to St Andrews - produced a further £42,000 and a further four good causes benefitted.

Joanne Roddam, senior co-ordinator at Home-Start East Fife, who provide support for families with children under five years of age across East Fife, said: “This is a fantastic boost to our funds.’’