Rais­ing aware­ness of char­ity

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A ST An­drews Univer­sity stu­dent is hop­ing to raise money to help dis­abled peo­ple ac­cess the town’s beach.

Mas­ters stu­dent Scott Ni­chol­son said he wanted to raise aware­ness of an ini­tia­tive es­tab­lished by Tourism St An­drews and lo­cal char­ity the Hamish Foun­da­tion, which raises money for pro­jects fo­cused on young peo­ple in the town.

Scott said: “The pur­pose of the foun­da­tion is to raise funds for lo­cal causes. This char­ity has a tar­get of rais­ing £10,000 to buy wheel­chairs in or­der to sup­port those who have bar­ri­ers in ac­cess­ing the beach be­cause of mo­bil­ity is­sues.

“It has so far been able to raise ap­prox­i­mately £4,000 but still has a sub­stan­tial way to go to reach its tar­get.”

The Hamish Foun­da­tion was named af­ter Hamish McHamish, a ginger cat that lived in St An­drews.

He came to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fame af­ter the book en­ti­tled Hamish McHamish of St An­drews: Cool Cat About Town was pub­lished. He built up a fol­low­ing on so­cial me­dia, with a ded­i­cated Face­book page and even had a bronze statue erected in his mem­ory.

The beach wheel­chair project fol­lows a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive in North Ber­wick prov­ing a huge success which Tourism St An­drews and the Hamish Foun­da­tion now wants to repli­cate.

Do­nate to the char­ity at just­giv­ing.com/cam­paigns/ char­ity/hamish­foun­da­tion/ beach­wheelchairs.

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