Charity gig surprise hit

Good news from charity shop

THE BOARD of Trustees of the For Carnoustie charity shop is delighted to announce that the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has awarded the shop charitable status. This means that even more money can be returned to the community’s good causes.

The board extended thanks to everyone who has been supportive over the past months.

The board is now making preparations to make funds available for local good causes. If you think you have a good cause, application forms are available in the shop at 89 High Street. The closing date for submissions is July 23.

Dave Hodgson, shop manager, said: “The great thing about the shop is the name; everything goes back into the community. So next time you are passing pop in and see us in our community shop. When you’re having a clear out don’t throw anything away, we even take rags. This is recycling at its best, turning unwanted goods into help for local good causes.”

Charity gig surprise hit

A CARNOUSTIE charity gig to raise money for children in Cambodia raised more money than was expected.

The Gifts4Kids Cambodia fund-raiser held last Saturday night at the Carnoustie Rugby Club raised a surprise total of over £1,000.

The event was held to help Carnoustie man Mike Branney raise money to furnish a school in Cambodia.

Concert organiser Paul Coffield said he was delighted with the sell-out gig. He said: “I was at church one day and this was in the bulletin that Mike’s mum was selling bits and bobs at the back of the church.

“I thought I could put on a concert for him and make a couple of bob for the boy. There were five acts playing and it raised over £1,000, which was just a bit bonkers.”

A musician himself Paul’s band ‘Lucky to be here’ played, as did his son Mark’s band, ‘The Puppet State’.

Other local acts playing included ‘The Macauley Trio’, an acoustic line up from ‘My Fallen Idea’ and ‘Angela’s Band’.

Gifts4Kids Cambodia was set up by Mike after he visited the country and was moved by the deprivation suffered by local children.

The money raised will go toward a new classroom in their recently built primary school in Trey Gnar Commune in the Puok District.