Nearly 100 curlers at a Festive Bonspiel at Ayr ice Rink provided a big boost for the local Ayrshire Branch of the Multiple Society. Their efforts raised an astonishing £4,880 and still counting !
Organised by Liz Boswell of Darvel and her husband Jim, a popular Christmas feature was the hand crafted Santa’s reindeer made by Jim from ash wood and other natural materials. They alone raised £2,000. Liz said:
“ We were aware of the good work the local Branch does supporting people affected by MS here in Ayrshire. We especially liked the idea that all monies raised stays locally and the branch is run entirely by volunteers with no paid staff. Clearly, from the response our supporters feel likewise”
Donald McNeill, chief volunteer fund raiser of the Branch said:
“ What a great start to 2017. We thanks Liz and Jim and all their supporters for this great effort”
If you wish further info on the MS Society and local Branch visit their local website msayrshire.com
The New Year Lunch at the Carlton Hotel Prestwick was held on Saturday 14th Jan went well. I thank those who attended for their support. The result of our Festive draw on Saturday was - 1st Prize £100... T Smith. 2nd Prize £50... S Wilson. 3rd Prize £30... J Paterson. - Thanks All for Their Support on Saturday and a big thanks to all who supported our festive draw - Harry Travers
The annual golf day at Seafield raised a very handsome £2,950 for this memorial fund which supports young people affected b MS. Since its inception in 2011 it has raised almost £40,000 from its golf days and donations from the wider community . In that time, a total of £22,500 has been disbursed in awards to 62 youngsters throughout Ayrshire to enhance their education and employment opportunities. This includes £5,500 in the bursary scheme started in 2014. The grants have been directed, for example, at driving lessons for youngsters , out of hours school activities and provision of, Ipads, laptops etc for home use to support learning. Recently, an award was made for fees for advance dancing lessons to a young promising boy in Kilmarnock – perhaps Ayrshire’s next Billy Elliot.
The scheme is run jointly by the Dickie family and friends and the local Branch of the MS Society who matches approved grants on a £ for £ basis. It is restricted to Ayrshire and Arran, minimum application forms and is not means tested. Enquiries are welcomed
With the approach of their 50th. wedding anniversary, Alex McKie and his wife,Mary, of Maybole felt comfortable enough to ask their family and friends to make donations to the local branch of the MS Society rather than the traditional presents. An astonishing total of £900.00 was raised and presented by the family to appreciative branch members at a recent event at the Carlton Hotel in Prestwick
“ I was aware of the good work done by the MS society and especially the local branch helping Ayrshire people affected by MS, their families and carers. It just seemed the right thing to do and our family and friends clearly agreed by their practical response”