Fundraising ceilidh to build Alfie’s new sensory garden

AN ARDALLIE family who are fundraising for their severely disabled son plan to host a ceilidh and stovie dance in Ellon later this month.

Colette and Gary Arthur are seeking funds to design and build a ‘sensory garden’ for their son Alfie, who has severe cerebal palsy, which will be both wheelchair accessible and allow him to play outdoors with his sisters.

The Arthurs will be joined by East Aberdeenshire Pony Club, who are also fundraising in order to send riders to more competitions, buy new equipment and pay for new training.

Colette Arthur told the Times: “We’re looking to get as many people to come as possible - there’s capacity for 250 people and we’ve sold 100 tickets thus far, so there are still tickets available!

She added that the family had already made substantial progress on building Alfie’s sensory garden, following previous fundraising efforts.

“We’re about half way done,” she said. “The path is planted in, and the walls are built for the raised beds.”

The family ceilidh will be held at the Station Hotel, Ellon on Friday, May 27, 7.30 for 8pm start. Adult tickets cost £10, and £6 for the under 14s.

For more details contact Colette Arthur on 01358 711385, or