SUPPORTERS of the East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal are celebrating another successful fund-raising night, having raised around £10,000 at its annual charity dinner.
Although the figure is less than half of last year’s record-breaking total of £22,000, the charity’s founder Eleanor Bowman was delighted with the amount, considering the economic vulnerability of the past 12 months.
Mrs Bowman, whose daughter Edith is the well-known radio and television presenter, said: “We are so thankful to the many people who year after year come along and give us their support, to the many individuals and companies who donate to our auction, to our band of helpers who turn out for all our events and give us the help they do.
“We can’t believe the money we raise when people are being so financially challenged.
“We say, year after year, if anyone knows of someone who can benefit from our help please let us know. If we’re not made aware we can’t begin to help.”
Held in the Craw’s Nest Hotel, Anstruther, guests were treated to an evening of entertainment, chaired by Andy Cameron and featuring guests John Hartson, the former Celtic, West Ham and Wales international; Adger Brown, Variety Club Great Britain; Alan Rough, former Scotland and Hibs goalkeeper, and John Grieve of Dunfermline.
The star of the show though, as always, was the auction, which was home to some very exclusive items.
Sporting goods took the top billing, with a trip to see Manchester United play at Old Trafford – including hospitality – going for £900, golfer Darren Clarke’s driver raised £650, a signed Chris Hoy shirt £500, a day golfing at Gleneagles £500, a Rory McIlroy signed glove reached £450 and a Manchester United signed team shirt raised £400.
Other popular items were a signed Take That CD (£250), a signed Coldplay platinum disc (£275), two tickets to the Moscow Ballet (£100) and two tickets to see the Red Hot Chilli Pipers (£100), both at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline.