New blood needed to continue good work

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Nearly £7000 went to 30 good causes on Friday in what may be the last Carnoustie Gala presentation night, if new volunteers are not found.

Each year the Carnoustie Gala Committee invite worthy causes and community organisations to apply for funding, and grants are distributed thanks to the tireless fundraising activities of the Gala Committee and their supporters.

This year the grand sum of £6880 was presented on Friday night in the clubrooms of the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

However, as with all groups, the Carnoustie Gala Committee is susceptible to the passage of time and needs your help to continue.

Mary Bushnell, chairperson of Carnoustie Gala Committee, said: “The committee are pleased to have helped so many causes and I’ve had letters of thanks already from folk.

“However, I did say on Friday that if we could not get folk to help us on the committee then it could be the last time. People are getting older and others are leaving.

“I really want to step back, to be fair I’ve done it for years, but if we don’t get folk to do it I don’t know what will happen.”

So far two people have expressed interest, but more are needed. To volunteer call Mary on 01241 854499.

Cheques for £500 each were presented to Carnoustie Claymores Swimming Club and Girl Guiding. The remainder was split between the following: Carnoustie Coastguard Association; Carnoustie and District Pipe Band; Arbroath Pipe Band; Royal British Legion Scotland; Woodlands Primary School; Burnside Primary School; Carlogie Primary School; Carnoustie Befrienders; St Andrew’s First Aid; Carnoustie Social-Eyes; Friends Of Guiding; 1st Carnoustie Boys’ Brigade; Carnoustie Camera Club; Carnoustie Scouts; Carnoustie Helpline; Food is Free; Marie Curie; Adoption and Fostering Angus; Carnoustie Mens Shed; Memories Golf Club; Autism Angus and Dundee; Woodlands Primary School Parent Council; Christian Clark; 1st Carnoustie Barry Brownies; Paige Clark; Claire Lornie School of Dancing; Carlogie Fun Club; and Panmure Pre-School.

Other groups have also benefitted from donations during the year.