Youth group gets a big boost from fundraiser at Strabane

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The young folk of Arran Youth Foundations raised £614 last Saturday by hosting their 6th annual fundraiser in the gardens of Lady Jean Fforde at Strabane House in Brodick.

With donations for entry, the group’s young people also raised money by selling teas, coffees and their home baking, as well as holding a grand raffle. For most of the event, the weather was beautiful, with a shower of rain starting just before a wonderful performance by Arran Pipe Band but failing to dampen spirits.

AYF’s youth work project manager, Graeme Johnston, said: ‘I’m delighted we raised so much – these funds will be such a big help to all the great work that we do with the young folk of Arran. Everyone involved in AYF would like to thank those who helped us on Saturday, be they young people, parents, anyone who visited the gardens, all those who helped set up and clear away, and to Arran Pipe Band for coming along and providing such brilliant entertainment.

‘Huge thanks to the businesses who donated raffle prizes: Auchrannie, Douglas Hotel, Co-operative, Arran Dairies, and Isle of Arran Cheese Shop, as well as those who brought prizes on the day. Most importantly, we would like to give special thanks to Lady Jean, who so generously opened her gardens to support the young people once again. We really appreciate everything Lady Jean has done for AYF.’

Serving in the cafe are, l to r: tresurer Sylvia Alison, Lori Prescott, Megan  Hamill and Charlie Hodgart. 01_B40youth02

Members of the AYF who helped on the day. 01_B40youth03

The pipe band performing at the fundraising event. 01_B40youth04