Ellon pensioners chip in to help Liam’s acting dreams

Meadowvale Tenants' Association chairman Sandy Gillies presents a cheque to Liam Christie to help towards his acting course in London.
Meadowvale Tenants' Association chairman Sandy Gillies presents a cheque to Liam Christie to help towards his acting course in London.

A group of Ellon pensioners have rallied round to help a local teenager realise his acting dream.

Residents of Meadowvale have given a small donation from their committee funds to Ellon Academy pupil Liam Christie who has been accepted to study with Youth Music Theatre UK.

Liam will travel to London to join Terry Pratchet’s Soul Music, which is a musical theatre course being held during August.

The 17-year-old is raising his own sponsorship to fund the experience, which will cost in the region of £1,500

On Monday, Sandy Gillies, chairman of the Meadowvale Tenants’ Association, presented Liam with a cheque for £50.

Mr Gillies said: “We thought about what to do with the money and when we read about Liam’s course we decided to give a local lad a bit of help.”

Committee member Patricia Guild said they were delighted to give the pupil a helping hand with his ambitions.

She added: “We have 19 residents in Meadowvale at the moment and everyone agreed that we should support Liam. It’s great to see him doing so well.”

Liam said he was touched by the residents’ generosity.

He added: “It is really good of them to think of me. It is such a nice gesture.”

He has organised a final fundraising event - a Scottish Night - in the town’s Station Hotel on Saturday, June 8.

His course will run at the Wilde Theatre from August 12-25.