Ellon man’s fundraising joy

Richard Mullen and daughter Erin with the Bralcays League Trophy.
Richard Mullen and daughter Erin with the Bralcays League Trophy.

AN Ellon man has raised more than £2,000 for charity - thanks to Manchester City winning the league last season.

Richard Mullen organised a fundraising night last week and pride of place at the event in Meldrum House was the trophy, complete with City ribbons.

Earlier in the day the silverware had been on display at Auchterellon Primary School, much to the delight of pupils, including Richard’s daughter Erin, who is in P5.

Richard, of the North East Scotland Manchester City Supporters’ Branch, lost a close friend to cancer this year and since then he has been determined to raise funds for brain cancer charities.

The English champions agreed to the trophy travelling north and asked if their charity, City in the Community could also benefit from the fundraiser, along with Brain Tumour Research.

The ticket price included a picture opportunity with the trophy which was taken up by most people who attended.”

Richard said: “The evening went very well and it exceeded our expectations.

“Everyone seemed to have a good time and we expect to raise between £2,000 and £2,500, which is is a great effort and we really appreciate the support.”

“The trophy was very much the centrepiece of the night and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to have their picture taken with it.”

Richard had been at Auchterellon School earlier to see the silverware arriving amid great excitement among pupils and staff.

The school had organised groups of youngsters to be photographed with the trophy for 5-10 minutes at a time.

As well as getting the chance to see the trophy, pupils were given a bit of background as to why it was at the school, and the occasion also helped to raise awareness of the work of Brain Tumour Research.