Springbank and Machrihanish help Grace’s pals raise cash

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Two Kintyre icons have helped a fundraising campaign to raise more than £15,000 for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

Two nights’ accommodation, a VIP tour and tasting at Springbank Distillery, and a round of golf for eight people at Machrihanish Golf Club were the star lot at an auction in aid of the charity.

This was part of an event held by Blairmains Farm Shop and Coffee Bothy in Blairlogie, near Stirling, run by the Logan family and Meg Filshie, who are friends of Kintyre’s David Allen.

David and his wife Cynthia moved to Campbeltown just over six years ago when David joined Springbank’s sales team. The couple have two children – Jessica, who turns five in December, and is in P1 at Dalintober Primary School, and Grace, who is three, and has started attending Dalintober Early Learning Centre.

Each year the farm shop and coffee bothy raises money for charity and this year the Logans wanted to support a charity which has some personal meaning to them so chose Down’s Syndrome Scotland as Grace has Down’s Syndrome.

The main event was a fundraising evening called Colourfest, which was an evening of food, drink, dancing and colour at a marquee on the farm where everyone was encouraged to wear bright and colourful clothing.

The highlight of the evening was an auction with prizes such as a RedBull baseball cap signed by Max Verstappen and bottles of whisky.

The star lot was two nights’ accommodation and a VIP tour and tasting of Springbank Distillery and a round of golf at Machrihanish for eight people, both generously donated by the distillery and the golf club, which raised £2,000.

The final amount raised was a whopping £15,603.