Mums raise funds for MND char­ity

Fun day earns £3,700

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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