First of many ‘Grumpy’ donations

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A CARNOUSTIE social group made a donation to charity this week and promised it would be the first of many.

On Monday night, in the Aboukir Hotel, Angus Provost Helen Oswald presented a cheque to Carnoustie Befrienders on behalf of the Aboukir Grumpies.

The cheque, for £100, was raised by the Grumpies at their family fun day held recently in the grounds of the Aboukir Hotel.

Fun day organiser Grant Barclay explained this was just the beginning. He said: “We were looking for somewhere local, and though it was only £100 just now, there will be more events in the future.”

Chairman of the Aboukir Grumpies Bill Scorgie said: “The Grumpies themselves had a discussion as to what they would do. We thought it was a good place to start.

“So far we have one event already planned for next year, but we will be doing a couple of things. We will run the fun day again and maybe have it take on a greater dimension than this year.

“A bunch of guys meet here at tea time and look to put the world to rights and ultimately the Grumpies found that we could do that and leave the customers in peace.”

Carnoustie Befrienders is a charity which provides a free visiting service to elderly people who may be lonely or isolated and who live in the Carnoustie, Easthaven, Barry or Muirdrum areas.

Secretary of the Carnoustie Befrienders Una Wardrop explained the money would be put to good use.

She said: “There are 15 people using the service and another three on the list, so we are really needing more helpers to get on board.

“We’re trying to take them all out for a pre-Christmas meal, and that’s what the money is going towards, to pay for the meal and transport, so we’ll need quite a lot of funds.

“We have got to say thank you to the Aboukir Grumpies. We are delighted they thought about giving the money to us.”

Currently there are 14 befrienders in Carnoustie, but the group is always looking for more volunteers to help them expand.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18, friendly, flexible, sympathetic, and reliable and will undergo checks by Disclosure Scotland. In particular, the group is looking to recruit more men.

There is also a quiz and a walking treasure hunt organised to help raise funds for Carnoustie Befrienders, and tickets are available from any member or from MacDougall’s Newsagent on Carnoustie High Street.

Una added: “We know there’s lots more elderly people out there who are lonely, but we need more volunteers to become befrienders before we can take any more on.”

Provost Helen Oswald was impressed by the can-do attitude of the Befrienders. She said: “It’s a great endeavour that people just got together and set it up. They saw a need and decided to fill it, rather than saying ‘what’s someone else going to do?’

“They deserve all the help they can get.”

For more information on the Carnoustie Befrienders call Jean on 01241 550681 or Una 01241 855209.