Cupar’s community spirit makes a dream come true

The youngsters were able to enjoy a range of activities on the trip to the Lake District.
The youngsters were able to enjoy a range of activities on the trip to the Lake District.

The woman behind a massive fund-raising campaign to treat children with special needs to a holiday has urged Cuparians to carry on her good work.

A group of pupils from Kilmaron School have just returned from a five-day stay in the Lake District with the Calvert trust, a residential outdoor centre for people with disabilities.

It was their first-ever trip away together and was made possible by a huge fund-raising event spearheaded by MaryBayne, a long-time supporter of the school, with the help of groups and organisations from throughout Cupar and beyond.

Thanks to their efforts, the sum of £2500 was raised to pay for what was the trip of a lifetime for the youngsters.

Now Mary hopes that other kind-hearted local people will pick up the gauntlet and help make the treat a regular event.

Last month Mary and her husband Brian opened up their huge garden at Trynlaw, Cupar, for a party to belatedly celebrate Mary’s 70th birthday.

They combined the event with the Rotary Club of Cupar’s sports social day, held annually at Trynlaw, and laid on games, activities and refreshments for around 125 people.

But Mary says she couldn’t have done it without the help of so many people and was ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of members of the Cupar community.

“The event - my ‘birthday wish’ - took place on a beautiful sunny day and would not have been possible or as successful without the help of so many people,” said Mary.

“After months of planning, the week leading up to it was hectic, with Cupar ScoutGgroup and the Air cadets erecting the marquee and tentage; tables arriving from the Old Parish Church Centre and table linen from Fishers Services.

“Our house guests all arrived on the Thursday and became my working committee, setting up game bases and signage and preparing food.

“The sweets and ice cream were donated by Susan finlayson and Vince Fusaro of Luvians and the hog roast by Puddledub.

“To each and every one, Brian and I extend our sincere and grateful thanks.

“Dreams really do come true, and now that we’ve sown the seed, we hope that others will take up the idea and help make the trip a regular event.”