Mums raise funds for MND charity
Fun day earns £3,700
A fun day at King’s Park primary school has helped raise cash for charity.
Two local mums, Charlene Craig and Irene O’ Malley, organised the recent event to aid MND Scotland, as Charlene’s husband Mark suffers from the disease.
And they were stunned when they were able to raise a whopping £3,700 for the charity.
Irene, from King’s Park, said: “The day was brilliant, utterly fantastic.
“There was so much of a response and so many people came out.
“The overall total that we managed to raise was £3,700 - when we started it off me and Charlene thought that £1500 would be a good total to get.
“Then the money kept piling in!
“We were flabbergasted at the end of it.”
The Reformer previously told how Charlene’s husband Mark was diagnosed with motor neurone disease two years ago.
He’s now confined to a wheelchair when he goes out, and Charlene, who stays in Castlemilk, and her pal Irene decided to arrange the day to help raise awareness of the condition.
Irene said: “The whole point was really just to raise awareness.
“Obviously there’s been things like the Ice Bucket Challenge but there’s still a lot of things that people aren’t aware of about it.
“Then the funds we raised left us gobsmacked - we never thought we’d make that amount on a dreich Saturday afternoon!”
There was a whole host of activities arranged on the day, and even the weather taking a turn for the worse didn’t stop plenty of locals turning up and chipping in to help out.
Irene added: “The weather was rubbish - it had been lovely all week, and then on the Saturday it was terrible and pouring.
“That never stopped people though, come one o’ clock when we opened the gates there was a queue of people at the doors waiting to get in.”
Charlene and Irene were both delighted at the support the day received, with plenty of people and companies helping out.
She said: “Everything seemed to go really well.
“We’d want to thank David from Zoo Ed for donating his time and a raffle prize - he was a real hit with the kids.
“They loved looking at the animals he brought along - he had spiders, snakes, bearded dragons and types of frogs.
“We also want to thank Celtic for donating tickets and a stadium tour, Rangers for donating a stadium tour and we had an auction with a signed Rangers top that someone else had donated, and we got £180 for it.
“The Ent e r t a i n e r provided soft toys, a company called Robotic Ewe provided us with prints that we auctioned off, Mrs O’ Hara from the school helped us through thick and thin - on numerous occasions we chapped on her door to run things through.
“We also want to thank all the helpers who came along on the Saturday to help us out and Ian from MND Scotland who came along for the raffle.”
More information on MND Sc o t l a n d can be found at www. mndscotland.org.uk