Golden Oldies’ boost for charity

The Jaffrays who will be undertaking a fundraising charity walk next month.
The Jaffrays who will be undertaking a fundraising charity walk next month.

An Ellon couple have raised more than £500 for charity through their love of walking.

George and Frances Jaffray, who call themselves the Golden Oldies, tackled the Formartine/Buchan Line in March in aid of the Eve Appeal.

The final total for their venture is £520 and the couple have expressed their thanks to all those who gave their support.

The campaign was launched in 2005 in an attempt to save women’s lives by funding research into gynaecological cancers and raising awareness of the diseases.

Frances lost her sister, Elizabeth, to ovarian cancer in 2005 and the couple, who will both be 70 this year, chose the organisation for this year’s fundraiser.

In recent years they have walked the West Highland Way, the Speyside Way and the Fife Coastal Path, gathering nearly £2000 for charitable causes.

The Jaffrays covered the 56-mile walk in chilly, spring conditions over 18 hours on five separate days.

Frances told the Times: “We try to do one each year, and vary our charity each time. This year it was the turn of the Eve Appeal.

“We chose this for two reasons - we will both be 70 later this year, and continue to enjoy good health, and my sister Elizabeth didn’t get the chance to be 70 – she died from ovarian cancer aged 67.

“In past years we have chosen to give to local charities, and to Children in Need.

“We didn’t choose the best of weather, but although it was cold, at least we never got wet.”

She added: “We could never have done it without the support of all our family.

“They have been great and very supportive”

The couple, who have four children, five grandchildren and another on the way, and one great-granddaughter, have praised those who gave donations.

In addition to family, friends and neighbours, they want to thank staff and volunteers of St Mary’s Day Centre, Ellon, Ellon Ramblers and Ellon Royal British Legion regulars.

With this latest fundraising success now completed, George and Frances are now turning their attention to next year.