Daffodil appeal raises record amount

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CARNOUSTIE businesses and their generous patrons have answered a charity’s call for support in record-breaking fashion.

Marie Curie Cancer Care’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal raised  £617.35 in the town this spring, a 100 per cent increase on last year’s total.

Petra McMillan, Marie Curie’s patron for Angus, praised local businesses for backing the charity’s appeal in encouraging customers to show their support for Marie Curie by wearing a bright yellow daffodil lapel pin.

She said: “This is a fantastic amount and with it we will be able to help more families in need in our local area. Every penny will stay within the town to reach a family in need.”

Marie Curie, which provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home, will now be able to provide more than 30 hours of additional care in Carnoustie as a result of the appeal’s success.

One business which excelled all expectations during the Carnoustie collection was healthy slimming lifestyle club gwenmccreadie.com.

Under the leadership of Gwen McCreadie, of Letham, her clients raised £214.01 at weekly support classes throughout the Angus and Dundee area.

Gwen said: “My clients dedicate themselves not only to their weight loss with me but to everything they are asked to take part in. We are very proud to support a charity which does outstanding work in the local community.”

Other businesses which supported the charity are Finn & Co, the Stag’s Head, the Corner Newsmarket, the Station Hotel, the 19th Hole, James Ewart Ltd, the Cutting Station, Sturrock Computers, Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa, the Kinloch Arms, I. & M. Macdougall, Links to Scotland, Burrells Pharmacy, Yule, Howie & Associates and Carnoustie Food Store.

As a result of the appeal, a number of businesses have agreed to site a year-round collection tin on their premises.

Any other business which would like to support the charity in this way, should contact Petra McMillan via petramcmillan@aol.com or by calling 07717 810365.