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Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang busi­ness helped spread Christ­mas joy to peo­ple fight­ing can­cer at the week­end.

The own­ers of Elfy Trees were at Mag­gie’s La­nark­shire de­liv­er­ing trees for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Just a week ago, the com­pany were in the Re­former af­ter they were tar­geted in what ap­pears to be a bizarre ‘turf war’ with ri­vals who de­faced their ad­ver­tis­ing boards.

But that has failed to ruin their fes­tive spirit and they were only too happy to help the cen­tre, which pro­vides free prac­ti­cal, emo­tional and so­cial sup­port for peo­ple with can­cer and their fam­ily and friends.

The busi­ness own­ers were there dressed as elves to make the de­liv­ery. An­gus Crab­bie (known in elf cir­cles as Gus McSprin­kles), James Steven­son ( Jimmy McJan­gles) and his wife Donna Steven­son (Happy McJin­gles) brought some Christ­mas magic to the Mon­k­lands-based fa­cil­ity.

Donna said: “It was great, like be­ing back among old friends. We got such a great wel­come.

“Can­cer is some­thing that is af­fect­ing peo­ple we know and love right now. We’ve lost a num­ber of friends to can­cer and Mag­gie’s does so much good work, not just for those go­ing through treat­ment, but also for their fam­i­lies.”

Elfy Trees, which is based on John­son Drive, is also rais­ing money for Sol­diers of the Streets through its let­ter to Santa ser­vice and for the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Trust.

Donna ad­mit­ted she’s been amazed at the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity to last week’s story. “It’s just blown right up, “she says. “We’ve been do­ing de­liv­er­ies all over Glas­gow, peo­ple are look­ing us up and com­ing to visit.

“There are even peo­ple just com­ing to see us and lend their sup­port. The com­mu­nity have really got be­hind us.

or­rie Forsyth, cen­tre head at Mag­gie’s La­nark­shire, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Elfy Trees for once again pro­vid­ing us with lovely Christ­mas trees.

“They look beau­ti­ful in the cen­tre and the staff and cen­tre visi­tors love to see them.

“It’s the first time we’ve had elves visit Mag­gie’s La­nark­shire; they seemed quite at ‘gnome’ and we’d be ‘ fairy’ happy to have them back any­time.”

Mag­gie’s La­nark­shire is a warm and wel­com­ing place, with qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als on hand to of­fer an ev­i­dence-based core pro­gramme of sup­port that has been shown to im­proveL phys­i­cal and emo­tional well­be­ing. A 55- year- old man has been cleared of charges that he sex­u­ally as­saulted two girls aged un­der 13.

James Carr, of Ryan Way, Ruther­glen, was al­leged to have touched the two girls on their pri­vate parts over their cloth­ing.

The of­fences were claimed to have hap­pened be­tween June 1 and June 15, ” 2014.

This week at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court, Carr was found not guilty of the of­fences.

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