Wednesday, 20 May 2009

(l to r) Jane Brewster and Linda Breckenridge of ENKCA presented gifts to the staff of Lawrie and Symington’s Forfar Mart (l to r) Ewen Massie, Scott Naismith and Arlene Alston to express our gratitude to the company and its staff for hosting and running the auction which raised £2,000 towards the fund to replace the WRI Hall at Balkeerie.

Linda Breckenridge, a director of ENKCA, said, “We are deeply grateful to the company and the staff for helping us with our efforts to finance our new Community Hub. Their generosity has touched us all and it will be acknowledged on our Well Wishers Wall in the new building. The £2,000 raised from the auction is worth £4,000 to us, as the Scottish Rural Development Fund will match the sum, pound for pound.”

Fundraiser, Jane Brewster, added, “We appreciate very much the generosity of everyone who donated goods, helped with the handling and supported us at the sale. This is part of our community’s ongoing fund raising programme, through which, and a number of generous grants and donations, we now have more than 60% of the funds we need, but we have to find a further £150,000 before the end of this year. It is a huge amount of money to raise from a small, rural community, but our goal is in sight now, although we need further generosity and more hard work over the next few months to achieve it.”

Chair, Fiona Brown said, “I would like to add my thanks to everyone who donated items for sale, to those who helped to collect the goods, to make up sale lots, to store them, transport them to Forfar and to help on the day, displaying them during the auction, running the admin side of the sale and to those who ran the book and plant stalls during the two days of viewing and selling and to the buyers who turned out to support us. It was a great effort all round.”

The ENKCA Whisky Challenge, held during the sale, was won by David Soutar of Glamis.