Old pals act helps boost char­ity

Ayrshire Post - - AYRSHIRE PEOPLE -

Two old school pals have turned back the clock to toast 50 years since their class­room ca­pers.

Best buddies Nancy Neil and Cather­ine Howie first stepped foot in Ayr Acad­emy half a cen­tury ago.

Now they’ve raised more than £ 2000 for a good cause to cel­e­brate their sur­viv­ing friend­ship.

The duo re­united to hold a bash at the town’s Ab­bots­ford Ho­tel.

Raf­fles, auc­tions and bingo all helped to raise £ 2388 for the South Ayr­shire Be­friend­ing project.

Nancy, 62, said: “We met on the first day of our sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion back on Au­gust 28, 1967.

“To cel­e­brate the fact we’ve re­mained friends ever since, we wanted to do some­thing for a good cause.

“We feel that many peo­ple have not had the lux­ury of the sup­port that a close friend­ship brings and are grate­ful that we have had that lux­ury.

“So our nom­i­nated char­ity for the night was the Be­friend­ing project who does such good work in the com­mu­nity.

“They make a vast dif­fer­ence to many lives and sup­port­ing them was the least we could do.”

A string of busi­nesses backed the night with auc­tion and raf­fle prizes, while a spe­cial car­i­ca­ture of Nancy and Cather­ine from their school days was also pre­sented.

Pic­ture per­fect Cather­ine, left, and Nancy

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