SUPPORTERS of the East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal Fund are celebrating a stunning cash windfall following the success of its annual charity dinner.
Held in the Craw’s Nest Hotel, Anstruther, the sell-out event raised a record total of more than £22,000.
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the group’s fund raising activities headed by Eleanor Bowman, who along with her husband, Sandy, previously owned and ran the the Craw’s Nest Hotel for many years.
A highlight of the dinner was an auction of sporting and other memorabilia and Mrs Bowman paid tribute to all those who had supported the fund raising initiative.
She told the Citizen:”I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make the dinner such a huge success. We have enjoyed the support of a great many people over the years and for that I am most grateful.
“Once again the funds raised will help those who are less fortunate, which makes the work of everyone involved in the charity programme all the more worthwhile and gratifying.”
One of Scotland’s best-known former football referees, Willie Young, and popular Scottish comedian Andy Cameron, were among the guest speakers at the dinner, and were joined by Adger Brown, Eric Davidson and John Grieve.
Mrs Bowman, whose daughter, Edith is the well-known radio and television presenter, added: ”They were all brilliant and contributed to the success of the evening.”
Among the top prices paid for the many exclusive items in the auction were £1,800 for an autographed Manchester United team shirt, £1,700 for a trip to Mammoth Mountain, California, £1,400 for a signed limited edition photograph of Pele, £1,150 for a guitar signed by Snow Patrol and £1,000 for meet and greet tickets for Kasabian at Aberdeen.
Recently, the East Neuk group collaborated with the Keepers of the Green charity in St Andrews to provide two specially adapted powered wheelchairs which cost around £8,000 each.
Since its humble beginnings in 1989 when the Anstruther group was founded, it has raised over £450,000 and gifted more than 100 powered and 29 manual wheelchairs, along with donations of tens of thousands of pounds to local and national charities.
Mrs Bowman was awarded the MBE in 2007 in recognition of her charity work.