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Volunteers and past and present committee members are the backbone of Kintyre’s only completely local cancer charity.
Ahead of a sponsored walk, along Westport Beach on Saturday March 16 finishing with a free afternoon tea, for all walkers, in Machrihanish Hall, the Mairi Semple Fund for Cancer Relief and Research has issued a statement on its year.
Committee member Margaret Sinclair said: ‘It has been another busy successful year for the fund, which has only been made possible because of the generous donations and help at our fundraisers.
‘Whether it was by baking, giving of time, a raffle prize, selling tickets, flower arranging, buying a 200 Club share, holding and event for us or by supporting someone raising funds, we thank you for helping the fund to function and continue to give financial aid to people living with cancer in Kintyre.’
The fund gave special thanks to the following: Kintyre Craft, Glenbarr Abbey, The Agnes Goddard Darts Competition, Kilcalmonel Church, Dorothy McMurchy, Grammar Lodge, Tarbert Collection Box hosts, Helen Gilchrist, the Kintyre Way Ultra, Lochend Community Church, the Katherine Kennedy Norremark Tea Dance, Tarbert Christmas Sale Table and Campbeltown Salvation Army.
On-going fundraising includes the 200 Club monthly draw with a star prize and the Peninver Hall Craft Fair in July.
Mrs Sinclair added: ‘As we are a charity for cancer relief and research and because people, from Kintyre, go away for treatment and hospital appointments we donate to charities including the Beatson, named after its Campbeltown founder Sir George Beatson, CHAS, the Royal Hospital for Children and Oban and Mid Argyll Cancer Centres.’
Sponsor forms for the walk are available in Tarbert, Clachan Fuel Station, Glenbarr Stores and The Kintyre Larder.
Mairi Semple holds its annual general meeting on April 29 in Tayinloan Hall at 8pm and all are welcome.