End in sight for Shelley ‘benchy’ appeal

Sandra Ballingall (centre) with ALEX THOMSON  and JAN ANDERSON  of the Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association present Sandra with cheque for �150
Sandra Ballingall (centre) with ALEX THOMSON and JAN ANDERSON of the Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association present Sandra with cheque for �150

The Shelley appeal received a boost again thanks to a kind donation from a local residents group, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The Auchmuty and Dovecot tenants association handed over a cheque for £150 after reading about the appeal in the Gazette.

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

Now friends and family are raising £1,000 to buy a memorial bench in her memory, to replace the bench where she used to meet her friends every day- affectionately know as the ‘benchy’.

Davie Nelson, chairman of the Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association was happy to help out.

He said: “We seen it in the Gazette and the girl is a person from the Auchmuty area so we thought we should put something towards the appeal.

“We at the tenants association had raised £950 from a charity show at the CISWO. So we decided to give £150 of it to Shelley’s benchy appeal.

“It’s for a good cause and it’s somebody local, so we were more than happy to help.”

When told of the news, Shelley’s mum, Sandra Ballingall was amazed.

She said: “That’s unbelievable, I can’t believe it.

“I’m delighted, over the moon with this. It’s just excellent, I can’t thank them enough.

“I just got another £30 popped in from a couple of neighbours.

“There is more to come in too. Shelley’s dad has put up a poster in his work - Tullis Russell, and at the Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy.

“Shelley used to go there with her dad before the Raith Rovers games, she would only have orange juice of course!

“She was a season ticket holder and there is a brick in her memory at Stark’s Park.”

Sandra revealed that any extra money received will go to the ward that treated Shelley.

She said: “Whatever we raise over the target of £1,000, we can put it to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, ward 2, Teenage Cancer Trust Unit.

“It’s amazing what they do there. That’s where they treated Shelley.

“She spent her last week and a half there. They could not have done more for her.

“At Shelley’s funeral we raised £950 just at the Crematorium for the ward, and we ended up with £3,000 to give to them.

“They so deserve it, they are amazing.”

Local groups and organisations continue to donate to the appeal.

Graeme Reekie from Kino Cinema revealed they have been collecting donations from local movie fans for the past few weeks.

He said: “We have given the family £50 so far.

“We have got posters up in the foyer and we are still trying to get people to donate to the appeal.

“We are happy to help. We got involved because a member of staff knows the family.

“We are just going to keep going with asking for donations. Trying to help as much as possible.”