Ten years ago Kate Stuttard invited a few friends and neighbours from Kingsbarns and Crail to join a new group to help raise funds for her favourite charity – CHAS.
Kate had been on holiday and met a family whose two little daughters had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and she was so impressed with the help and assistance the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland had given to the family that she decided to do her best to raise awareness and funding for the charity. So on February 19, 2004. the East Neuk Friends of CHAS group was formed and the first of many events was organised. A coffee morning was held in the local village hall and raised a total of £547.85.
In subsequent years the group and villagers opened their gardens to the public, held Christmas bazaars, concerts and health and pamper evenings, raising an average of £4000 per year. As a result, it was announced at the recent 10th anniversary AGM, that an overall total of £47,000 has been raised in 10 years. Sarah Secombes, fundraising manager for CHAS attended the AGM and was presented with the latest cheque for £4200. Sarah said: “Since the charity started it has helped 850 families. The volunteers still play a major part in fundraising for CHAS and we would like to thank the East Neuk Friends for all their hard work over the years.” The next event organised by the group will be the annual hidden gardens on Sunday, July 20.