Selfless birthday boys donate thousands of pounds to charity

On Monday Arthur Crossan and Jim McAulay presented a cheque for the £2,164 raised at their joint 60th birthday party to Wilma Stevenson and Janice McShannon from Macmillan Cancer Support's Kintyre fundraising committee. Pictured, from left, are Arthur Crossan, Wilma Stevenson, Janice McShannon and Jim McAulay.

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Instead of receiving gifts when they turned 60, a pair of Campbeltown men asked for donations for charity – and were stunned when they received more than £2,000.

More than 325 guests attended Arthur Crossan and Jim McAulay’s joint ’60th birthday hoolly’ in the Victoria Hall earlier this month.

In lieu of presents, the pair asked for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity they say is ‘very close to everyone’s heart’.

They received £2,164 which was presented to members of the charity’s Kintyre locality committee on Monday.

The duo told the Courier: ‘We would like to thank everyone who made a donation. It was a fantastic night, meeting family and friends who we hadn’t seen for years.’

The birthday boys got a ‘great surprise’ when they realised that Jim’s sister, Elizabeth, had flown over from Denver, Colorado, to join in the celebrations.

‘We’d also like to thank others who travelled so far for our big bash,’ they added. ‘The generosity of those who attended has been amazing and we would like to thank them all.’

The pair say they are already making plans for their 61st birthday party, with Arthur adding: ‘I would also like to add that Jim is the older of the two of us!’

Wilma Stevenson, chairperson of Kintyre’s Macmillan Cancer Support committee, expressed her gratitude to the men for their ‘selfless gesture’.

She said: ‘On behalf of the local fundraising committee, I would like to say a huge thank you to Arthur and Jim for their donation. It is amazing how much can be raised at a single event. Their support is very much appreciated.’

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the UK’s largest charities, which provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.

The Kintyre committee, which has less than 20 people, holds events such as coffee mornings and bingo nights throughout the calendar raising an average of £12,000 to £14,000 a year, so Arthur and Jim’s donation will be a huge boost.

The money raised is sent to a central Macmillan Cancer Support bank, to support specialist cancer treatment facilities, including the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, where many Kintyre people receive treatment, while some comes back to support those living in Kintyre who suffer from cancer.

The committee, which has received awards for the work carried out by its volunteers, is always happy to hear from people who are interested in becoming members.

Contact Wilma on 01586 553065 to find out more.