Oldmeldrum Rotary hand over CHAS cheque

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The Children’s Hospice Association fo Scotland have benefited to the tune of £550, after Oldmeldrum Rotary handed over proceeds from the Ythan Cycle Run.

The Run started and finished in Fyvie, Six adults and eight children completed the eight mile Family Route, including two aged under seven years - albeit one on the back of her mum’s bike.

Rotarian Sheena Clark said: “This is the third year we’ve held the Ythan Cycle Run, and our income was £1583, with the only expenses being first aid and a donation to Fyvie British Legion who allowed us to use their facilities. We’re very pleased with amount raised. The cost of entering was only £6, so to have raised this amount in sponsorship is very impressive”

CHAS representative David Strathearn, who cycled from his home at Barthol Chapel to collect the cheque at Oldmeldrum Community Garden, said he was delighted with the amount raised.

He told the Times: “This is absolutely fantastic - the Ythan Cycle Run is a good community event which always raises lots of money, and is good for raising our profile in Aberdeenshire. This is a particular goal of ours, as we expand our CHAS at Home services in Aberdeen this autumn.”

Meanwhile, CHAS is also to benefit from a major cash injection from the Grand Lodge of Scottish Freemasonry, after the group announced that it would be donating £15,000 this weekend. The donation coincides with the 275th anniversary of the formation of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and celebrates the chartable giving of the Freemasons. The cheque handover - by Ellon’s Charles Wolrige-Gordon, who is Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland - will also coincide with a sponsored walk, which is expected to raise even more cash for the hospice association.

Dawn Oliff, Homes and Charities Manager for CHAS said: “So far, walks have been held in Edinburgh and Bridge of Weir where the Masonic Homes are situated and everyone is delighted now to be joining in Sunday’s event in Aberdeenshire.”

Grand Lodge of Scotland have raised over £500,000 for CHAS since the charity first began in 1992.