£8,196 - and still counting

THE MONTROSE Committee, Macmillan Cancer Support, is having another marvellous fund-raising year, recession or no.

To date the sum raised to benefit people in Angus is £8,196, and with a Christmas Fayre on Sunday the next big event, last year’s total of £9,502 looks to be well in reach.

More than half of the amount to date has come from the Speakers’ Dinner in March at the Links Hotel, which brought in a staggering £4,353.51.

Since then there has been a flag day which raised £581.39, and money donated through cans on the counters of local businesses totals £756.71 to date.

The Macmillan Coffee Morning in September yielded a commendable £870.90 - but this was more than doubled by the phenomenal £1,064 raised by the coffee morning held at her home by Margaret Cowie.

There have also been several ‘Come Dine With Me’ events, which have realised £570, and are still being enjoyed.

All proceeds are donated to people who live in Angus. As well as supporting the Macmillan Nurses, the charity also works to provide advice and support to cancer sufferers and their families.

In 2010, Macmillan provided £4,753 devoted to the care and assistance for 15 patients and their families in and around Montrose itself.

And last year 281 people in Angus required help or financial assistance. The amazing amount of £102,636 was provided by Macmillan to help them.

The Christmas Fayre will be on Sunday in the town hall, from 12 noon to 4pm. There will be an entry fee of £1.50, and accompanied children will be free.

Secretary Patricia Lampen says there will be a tremendous variety of goods on sale, and the coffee shop will be open.

She reminded us that all the helpers at the Montrose Committee’s functions are volunteers, including townspeople, Guides and senior students from Montrose Academy.

Patricia concluded: “If you would like to join our committee, or come along to help out at our events, my telephone number is 01674 677678, or e-mail plampen@talktalk.net