Over £25,000 was presented in a single night at Waid Academy last week by a north east Fife charity that just keeps on giving.
The East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal, a mainstay of the community for over 25 years, made its annual presentation of powered wheelchairs, mobility aids, health equipment and funds to a range of worthy recipients.
Powered chairs were presented to Dougal McQueen of St Andrews and Grant Alison of Cupar, while the group is also co-funding a £15,000 specialist chair for Richie Horrocks, of Craigrothie.
Local surgeries, critically injured rugby player Connor Hughes, and a host of charities an associations in and around the East Neuk were also rewarded.
“This year we have been able to give more, as we had a really successful charity dinner last year, where we raised over £30,000,” said the appeal’s Eleanor Bowman MBE.
The group’s regular coffee morning at Pittenweem and its Boxing Night Disco took place – while Eleanor’s brother-in-law, Kevin Streeter, who died in November, helped inspire the sum of around £4000 through a musical treatment of ‘Evie’s Song’, a poem he wrote to his wife.
This year, were were able to give moreEleanor Bowman
The annual street party in the new community of Silverdykes in Cellardyke is due in June, while Darren Anderson is running the Edinburgh Marathon – “so hopefully that will bring in a tidy sum,” said Eleanor.
She extended “a massive thank you” to everyone who helped organise all the Appeal group’s fundraising events, and all came along to support them.