Race night ‘ponies up’ the cash for Brooke

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THE FIRST major fund-raising night for Brooke’s Dream took place last week in Carnoustie.

On Friday night a race night was held in the Kinloch Arms Hotel to help raise money for the life-changing operation Brooke is hoping will allow her to walk freely.

The evening was organised by Jon and Ashley Neate and Lesley Geekie, all from Friockheim, and drew a crowd of around 40 who travelled from Brechin, Arbroath, Friockheim and Carnoustie.

There were nine races in total, the last being an auction race which raised £284 in its own right.

Barry Stott, from Carnoustie, won the race pocketing half the pot, but very kindly put the money back into the fund.

There was a raffle for a two-night stay at Jurys Inn, Glasgow, which raised £400 in ticket sales alone.

Ferne Duncan, from Brechin, won the weekend break, much to her delight. Broughty Ferry man Steve Sinclair won a consolation tin of chocolates which had been donated by Sue Murray of Carnoustie.

Brooke’s parents, Laura and Stewart, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Jon, Ashley and Lesley for running the event.

“We would also like to thank the businesses in Carnoustie and Arbroath which were very generous in sponsoring the races with prizes for the winning horse owners, and also to all those that attended and supported the night.”

The race night raised the sum of £1,620, but because they have been so busy the Brooke’s Dream committee have not had a chance to bank the many cheques and donations that arrive every day.

This weekend, Brooke’s godfather, Mike Leich, will complete a sponsored cycle run from Brechin to Carnoustie and the following weekend the Ramsays will be leading a group on a 16-mile sponsored walk from Elliot Industrial Estate to Carnoustie and back.

Inner Balance on Carnoustie High Street have also joined the campaign and purchased a number of small Buddha statues which they are selling for £1.50, with all proceeds going into the pot.

Laura added that she had heard from her consultant and their case for funding had been advanced to the next stage.

She said: “The business case has been written and has been submitted to the chief executive of the Primary Care Trust.”

Laura understands this will be a long process, but is pleased that things are progressing regardless.

She said: “It could be a couple of months before we hear anything, but at least the business plan has been written and given to the chief executive.”