Tribute to Lady Jean at fundraising event

Lady Jean on what was to be her last public appearance with members of the AYF.

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Arran Youth Foundations will pay tribute to Lady Jean Fforde when they host their annual fundraiser at Strabane House in Brodick on Saturday September 22.

The event, which has taken place every year since 2012 when Lady Jean first offered to open her beautiful gardens to raise funds for the group, will run from 11am to 4pm.

Visitors will have the chance to enjoy home baking, teas, coffees, a grand raffle and musical performances from local young people.

Donations can be made upon entry, and the charity are hopeful of another successful event, not only to raise funds for the work they do with the island’s young people, but also to mark the passing of one of Arran’s best loved figures.

Graeme Johnston, AYF’s youth work project manager, said: ‘All of us at Arran Youth Foundations have lovely memories of Lady Jean, one of our greatest supporters, not least her final public appearance at our open day in September 2017, just two weeks before she sadly passed away.

‘Her incredible generosity towards our organisation was best exemplified in her request that there be a collection at her funeral service to raise funds for AYF, a gesture we will never forget.

‘When we discussed fundraising plans for 2018 with our committee and with the young people, everyone agreed that we wanted to continue with the tradition. When we approached Lady Jean’s son Charles and his wife Lynn, it became clear that they had been thinking the same and they were touched at the thought.

‘We would love to see a good turnout next Saturday to remember Lady Jean and to raise funds for the group once again, something we know she would be delighted about.’

Lady Jean photographed at the Strabane fundraiser last year in what was to be her last public appearance. NO_B37lady01