Great start to Darren memorial fund-raising

Lance Corporal Darren Lackie
Lance Corporal Darren Lackie

FUND-RAISING in memory of Cupar soldier Darren Lackie is off to a great start!

A music quiz in the Imperial Bar last Thursday brought in £262 for the appeal, which aims to create a memorial to Darren in Cart Haugh and improve facilities for youngsters in the town.

Black Watch lance corporal Darren (21) died from head injuries sustained while on holiday in Portugal with girlfriend Ashleigh Wilson last month.

The circumstances surrounding his death are still the subject of an investigation by the Portuguese authorities.

The Darren Durrant Lackie Memorial Fund has been set up by family friend Rod Whyte, who said the first fund-raising event was a “resounding success”.

He went on: “All the feedback I have had has been very positive and I would like to thank all who attended for making it a great night.

“Together we raised £262 for the fund — you couldn’t ask for a better start than that.”

Rod reserved special thanks for the victorious quiz team, who donated their winnings to the appeal, and those who returned raffle prizes for use at the next event.

He also thanked the Imperial for their help and local band The Seadogs for providing the PA system.

Forthcoming fundraising events include three hosted by the Golf Tavern — a quiz night on May 26, a gig by The Seadogs on May 28 and a fun day on May 29 featuring a barbecue, bouncy castle, karaoke and a superheroes fancy dress theme.

Meanwhile, a charter has been drawn up to formalise the aims of the appeal.

As well as the memorial in Cart Haugh — which could take the form of picnic tables — a common good fund for Cupar’s young citizens will be set up.

That will include enhancing sporting opportunities for youngsters, and the fund also hopes to gain charitable status.

Some money will be set aside to help Darren’s parents Graham and Helen with any legal or travel costs resulting from the investigation into his death.