Mairi Semple Fund’s festive fundraising appeal

Some of the items on offer in the Mairi Semple Fund's festive online auction.

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A charity which supports people in Kintyre receiving cancer treatment by providing financial aid is launching a festive appeal in a bid to make up for some of the lost fundraising opportunities this year.

The Mairi Semple Fund has continued to support people in need throughout the Covid-19 pandemic but, like many other charities, its fundraising efforts have been hampered by restrictions which forced the cancellation of its usual annual events including coffee mornings.

In a bid to keep up its lifeline work, the charity is organising a 12 days of Christmas online auction.

Items on offer include: A golf ball used by Tiger Woods in the 2005 US Open, donated by Mary Wilson; various single malt whiskies, donated by Helen Steel, Andrew Smith and Son; a car wash courtesy of the fund’s treasurer Margaret Sinclair; a winter candle and Prosecco set, donated by Zing Organics; sirloin steak with all the trimmings and a bottle of red wine, donated by Glenbarr Farms; various model tractors and a combine, donated by Andrew Smith and Son, Glenside Tractors and Hamilton Brothers; coffee and cake for two courtesy of Glenbarr Stores; a handmade milking stool, donated by Peter and Pauline Simson; two haunches of venison from Strathnafanaig Farm; a Christmas goodies hamper, donated by Anne Horn and Tarbert Larder; a festive drinks hamper from the Mairi Semple Fund and D McNair and Son, and a gin hamper donated by Anne Marie Elliott; a handmade wooden reindeer donated by Killocraw Farm; rounds of golf courtesy of Dunaverty Golf Club and Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club; a Christmas treat box donated by Tan Black; and a day’s deer stalking for one courtesy of M Steel.

The auction will run from December 1 to December 12, at which point the winning bids will be sorted.

Bids can be placed at any time between those dates by emailing fionaglenbarr@aol.com, via the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund Facebook page or Messenger, or at The Kintyre Larder on Main Street, making sure to include contact details, and that emails are acknowledged.

A spokesperson said: ‘We haven’t been able to host events so to allow us to continue to support those that need it, we need to find a way to fundraise safely during this challenging time. By placing a bid you are helping us help the people of Kintyre who need our support in their fight against cancer.

‘We would like to thank Helen Gilchrist, Linda McLean and everyone who very kindly donated for their help with the auction.’