Budding photographer Aileen’s colourful charity calendar

Aileen Gillies with her Glencraigs Farm calendar, left, and Tarbert calendar, right.

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A budding photographer from Mid Argyll has put floral snaps taken at a Kinyre farm to good use by creating a colourful calendar to raise money for the charity Shopper-Aide.

Aileen Gillies, originally from Ford, has already raised £2,800 for the Macmillan suite at Mid Argyll Hospital in Lochgilphead, where she lives, through her ‘Mid Argyll and beyond’ and ‘Summertime in Tarbert’ calendars.

After a visit to Glencraigs Farm, which welcomed visitors to its fields of sunflowers, poppies and wildflowers throughout August in exchange for a charitable donation, Aileen decided to turn her photographs, which proved popular on social media, into a calendar.

As the money collected at the farm was donated to Shopper-Aide, which supports people in Kintyre aged 60 and over, Aileen decided to donate the proceeds of her calendar to the charity as well. This has been welcomed by Shopper-Aide which, like many other charities, has not been able to carry out its usual fundraising events this year.

While the Mid Argyll and Tarbert calendars are still available to purchase from Aileen, who hopes to raise £3,000, with orders still coming in thick and fast, the Glencraigs calendars are only available to purchase from Shopper-Aide at 23 Longrow or by calling 01586 551600.

Those wishing to order a Mid Argyll or Tarbert calendar – which have been posted all over the UK as well as to Canada, France, the USA, Australia and New Zealand – can contact Aileen through Facebook or by emailing aileengillies@hotmail.co.uk or telephoning 07825 291614.

After the success of her first calendar, Aileen, who is a completely self-taught photographer, began turning her images into cards, a selection of which is available in Glenbarr Stores and at the Harlequin Tearoom in Campbeltown.