Show of goodwill for local clubs

Coach Tracy Flatt from the Ladies Violets under 15s surveys the damage. Pic by George McLuskie
Coach Tracy Flatt from the Ladies Violets under 15s surveys the damage. Pic by George McLuskie
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Generous people all over the country have offered to help out local clubs in crisis after cruel vandals destroyed their clubhouse.

The Mail reported last week that the King George V pavilion, the clubhouse of East Fife Ladies and Girls and Leven United had been the target of vandals, who caused over £4500 of damage.

I hate vandalism. What has happened is disgusting. I just want to help out

Gary Dawson

With insurance not covering the damage, the clubs were left wondering how they would pay to replace equipment and patch up their beloved clubhouse.

But two local business owners have come forward to offer donations after reading about the damage in the East Fife Mail.

One of the benefactors, Gary Dawson, who owns Dawson’s Amusements at Shorehead, told the Mail: “I read about it in the paper last week, and I used to play boys football for Kennoway Colts, so I know how hard it is to pay for new strips and equipment.

“I hate vandalism. What has happened is disgusting. I just want to help out.”

Liz Anderson, player coach for East Fife Ladies, said her sister had also managed to raise £220 just from friends and family in London.

She has thanked everyone for their goodwill: “We are amazed at the generosity people have shown so far.”

She told the Mail they are hoping to raise even more to help pay for temporary premises for May and June while the pavilion is restored.

“We have managed to secure the building for the time being, but are closing it down for all of May/June to get the work done,” she said.

“We will be looking to relocate for that period but looking to get money saved to pay the Council for this.

“After all work is done we will start fundraising to get equipment replaced

“Any help we can get is much appreciated as we are not covered insurance wise.”

The Mail reported last week how vandals broke into the King George V pavilion on Friday, March 27 and completely trashed it, stealing a number of items including power tools, printing equipment, a Nintendo Wii from the Friday night youth club, match balls, match day kit, pitch liners, food and drink, and a number of items of training kit.

In his column this week, Community Inspector Tom Brown has called on the public for information on the break in, as well as break ins at Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital, East Wemyss

Angling Club and Central Gospel Mission, Methil. He said: “I know the public of Levenmouth will take a dim view of this and support me in my appeal for information.” Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.