£23,000 given back to the town

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Carnoustie’s very own community shop has done it again handing over more than £20,000 of donations to causes in the town.

On Friday night in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel the For Carnoustie Shop handed out cheques totalling £23,000.

Chairman of the For Carnoustie trustees Brian Hodgson was on hand to present the cheques to the deserving causes which spanned the sporting community, support groups and local schools. The full list of winners can be found online. Brian said: “Our last presentation was in October and it’s more than last year at just over £23,000. The support the shop receives is just phenomenal.”

“We’ve found that when you get behind the community it works in a circle and the community gets behind us.

“There is a lot of hard work from the trustees and the volunteers. That’s the secret to its success.”

The For Carnoustie Shop was opened in January 2012 and in that time has made donations to the tune of more than £42,000.

Brian said: “We just didn’t anticipate this at all. We knew it would work, but we didn’t know it would be so successful. It has exceeded our expectations.”

“We’ll probably run the presentations year on year now, the one in October was kind of a bonus and the reason we did it was to let people know we were here, that we would be giving out money and to let the people see what we were all about.

“We picked June because it’s a nice summery month in the middle of the year, and next year we will hand out then and that will give us an opportunity to hand out more.”

He continued: “We want to thank the businesses of the town that have supported us, Brian Boyd and Bill Bowles who are always helping us out and are never far away.

“Also, the guys at David Murray Transport and Wendy Devlin who picked the organisation to receive the David and Margaret Murray Memorial Award.

“I also just want to thank the volunteers and the trustees that work within the organisation, they do a fantastic job and we are very proud of them.”

And as a result of a chance meeting at the presentation Brian convinced Carnoustie police officer Steve Borland to join him on a sponsored cycle run from Edinburgh to Carnoustie.

Next on the fund-raising cards however is the fashion show in the Royal British Legion Scotland branch on Friday, June 21. At the time of going to press there were still four tickets left.

The full list of For Carnoustie beneficiaries:

Carnoustie Mini Midi Rugby - £2,000

Carnoustie High Fencing Club - £360

Carnoustie Coastguards - £1,000

2nd Carnoustie Rainbows - £600

Carnoustie Social-Eyes - £1,000

Burnside Primary P6 - £800

Allison Gentles School of Highland Dance - £500

Carnoustie Musical Society - £1,000

1st Carnoustie Beavers - £500

Marie Curie Care – Petra McMillan - £1,000

Burnside Primary Camera Club - £300

Gerry Bruce - £1,000

5th Carnoustie Brownies - £700

Carnoustie & District Youth Brass Band - £1,000

Carnoustie First Responders - £1,000

Camus House Service Users - £1,000

Carnoustie Claymores - £1,133

Margaret Cummins Music Therapy - £1,250

Carnoustie Befrienders - £1,000

Carnoustie Panmure Football Club - £800

Carnoustie District Pipe Band - £1,000

Kinloch Kids Club - £250

Carnoustie Panmure Football Academy - £1,300

Carnoustie High Additional Needs Dept- £550

Woodlands Primary School - £1,000

Carnoustie Dream Catchers - £500

Carnoustie Community Council - £500

Dave & Margaret Murray Memorial - £1,000 went to

Carnoustie & District Youth Brass Band

Picture courtesy of Elmwood Photography