Midsummer madness boosts local charities

Midsummer Ball cheque presentation.
Midsummer Ball cheque presentation.
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MORE than 20 charities who work with children gathered at the Fairmont St Andrews to receive cheques from the organisers of the St Andrews Midsummer’s Ball.

Over £30,000 was raised at the events held in June; the Midsummer Ball and the Madsummer’s Dash, which saw relay teams run from Taybridgehead back to Station Park in St Andrews.

All the charities given a financial boost are focused on helping children and most are locally based.

Stephen Mercer, chair of the organising committee, said: “It is fantastic to see how much of a difference our cash injection will bring to these children’s charities.

“We have been able to assist almost all of those which approached us and the amounts given to each vary both in terms of their size and the use to which they will be put.”

One local group to receive a cheque was the 8th Fife (St Andrews) Scout Group who are fundraising for a forthcoming trip to Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. They were presented with £1000 to help around 40 scouts to go on the trip and meet with 1200 other Scouts from around the world.

East Fife and Scooniehill RDA, who provide horse riding for disabled children, were given a donation of £1000 to support their day-to-day activities.

Since 1976 they have been delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities living in the East Fife area.

Plans for the Midsummer’s Ball 2013 are already under way and anyone interested in finding out more should contact the organisers on haveagreatnight@midsummersball.com.

The committee is headed up by Stephen Mercer who works with a committee of seven other volunteers (Seonaid Turnbull, Craig Nicol, Archie Paton, Louise Fraser, Caroline Shannon, Garret Turta and Sophie Butler).

n Other charities in receipt of cash raised at the Midsummer’s Ball and Madsummer’s Dash 2012 are:

St Andrews Boys Brigade:

For electrical work and replace rotting windows - £1000;

Madras College Chaplaincy Team:

The school refers pupils who are having difficulties at home, which then have knock-on effects in their school behaviour and performance. They are then matched with trained volunteers to act as mentors outwith school hours to go for a coffee and chat - £1000

St Andrews Colts Football Club:

St Andrews Colts want to offer a coaching week for five to eight-year-olds and the other under-11’s during the second week of the October holidays and the second week of the Easter holidays. They are also hoping to have a football festival to cover all age groups and invite teams from Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee - £1500

City of St Andrews Pipe Band:

The band is looking to purchase new equipment, namely a bass drum (£950), five or six snare drums (£1000 each) and four tenor drums (£470 each), the total cost of which is in the region of £9000-£10,000 - £1000

Girls’ Brigade - Fife Division:

The group want to launch a Space and Science project between August and June and want to visit the Glasgow Science Centre and Dundee Science Centre involving experiments and interactive presentations by professionals. They also want to take part in Dundee Science Week and Fife Science Week. In addition they want a science teacher to visit and have themed nights. All costs for this and added excursions come to £840.50. - £800

Grey Lodge Settlement:

The Settlement are seeking financial assistance with a film making project involving their AAAA Project. All young people (S1 to S6) on the project cope with various personal challenges and are being encouraged to produce a film about their circumstances, examining their own situation and via film making, will hopefully work towards a more positive future lifestyle. The AAAA Project works in partnership with several agencies and includes up to 30 children. The overall budget for AAAA Project is £40,000 but the film making part requires £4500 - £2000


Homestart want to fund a summer outing (£500) and Christmas party, including a gift for every child that they support (£500). They also hope to hold a volunteers’ celebration (£1000) and a 25th anniversary celebration (£700). Total requested £2700 - £500

Impact St Andrews:

Impact St Andrews are planning an annual week-long summer holiday club in Holy Trinity Hall free of charge to children from pre-school to P7 during the summer of 2013. They are also planning off-shoots from this including four stand alone events for 10-13 year olds, “The Between Club” which will be run with the help of older teenage and adult volunteers - £300

Madras College Pipe Band:

The band desperately need help towards tuition costs - £1750

Madras Rugby Blues:

Full set of tops, including substitutes, all coaches to a minimum of IRB Level 1 standard (the SRU policy on a basic standard for youth coaches). The cost of the coaching course currently stands at £175 per candidate (but may be reduced in certain circumstances). Madras Rugby Blues aim to have two coaches per year group and currently have only four suitably qualified coaches. Accordingly they need to fund a minimum of six coaches to this level. The club also want to attend a referees’ course, and seek assistance funding transport for teams to away matches - £1750

St Andrews Sailing Club:

Help towards the cost of new Feva sailing dinghy they have purchased. They are now raising funds for a second feva and an engine (total cost £3000) - £2000

St Andrews Friends of Guiding:

The Guides require funds to help make their meeting hall accessible to all, including disabled. This is a legal requirement and will cost £2500. They also wish to purchase some fold up activity tables - £800

Step Rock Swimming Club:

The swimming club would like to purchase an underwater training camera to facilitate teaching, allowing teachers to illustrate particular points of technique or errors that are occurring. Cost £520 - £520

RAF Leuchars:

Cheque presented for £500

Cyclist Joe Connell:

Ongoing costs, including more travelling abroad - £650

Cruse Bereavement Care:

Cheque presented for £500

Cupar Gymnastics Club:

New leotards and tracksuits required - £1000

Largo Cricket Club:

Continue and expand cricket coaching in primary (and secondary) schools, £2000 required to cover cost of contribution towards costs of Cricket Scotland coaching, pay for two coaches to attain level two coaching and pay for various essential pieces of kit - £1000

Haddies Athletics Club:

Cheque presented for £200


Cheque presented for £1000

Full Tin Tin:

The Full Tin Tin will donate their fee for the evening to the Armistead Child Development Centre which provides weekly sessions for children from birth to three years of age. Cost for remainder of year - £4857.50 - £2000