Bumper cheque for MS Trust

A FORMER Montrose teacher, whose fund-raising efforts over the last five years have raised thousands of pounds for the MS Trust, has sent off another bumper cheque for £4,500 to the charity.

Avril Simpson, whose son, Nick, was diagnosed with the Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, organised a very successful art exhibition which was held in Montrose Library Gallery in the autumn.

This was the second M.S. Trust art exhibition Mrs Simpson has organised.

It featured works by contemporary Scottish artists, both professional and amateur, who have contributed pictures and artwork in a wide range of media and prices.

These included pictures, donated by the artists, which were entered into a silent auction through the two weeks of the exhibition.

This is the second exhibition organised by Avril to raise funds for the Trust.

Nick, a former RAF helicopter pilot, and his brother, Mike, have also raised £400,000 for the Trust since 2007 through their series of extreme Monster Ski challenges.

Mrs Simpson said: “Without the help of friends and colleagues it would not have been possible.

“Grateful thanks go to Jim Boon, the galleries curator, who made the extra hanging screens possible, and to Ian and Margaret Hamilton who were in charge of hanging the art works which they did so expertly.”

She also thanked the library staff and all her friends who generously gave of their time to man the exhibition and sell pictures.

Mrs Simpson has now forwarded a cheque for £4,500 to the MS Trust.

She said: “Compared to the first exhibition not quite as many pictures were sold, possibly due to the financial climate, but the silent auction proved very successful as did the raffle which together netted £1,500.

“Donations were also very generous accounting for a further £500 and Gift Aid will boost funds further.”

Mrs Simpson also has a number of “collection cans” distributed throughout the area.

She added: “Cans collected from Hamelt tearoom in Letham, Glamis Post Office, Northern Hotel in Brechin and Luvians down in Cupar netted this time over £100 which is very generous of the people who help fill the can.”

It is now her intention to hold an auction of the remaining silent auction pictures at a charity dinner at the Northern Hotel in Brechin on Friday, April 15. Entertainment during the meal will be provided by the Yvonne Robb Jazz Trio.

Tickets costing £27.50 can be obtained from the Northern Hotel or from Mrs Simpson directly on 01307 467041.