Lady Jean joins Ar­ran youth group

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Ar­ran Youth Foun­da­tions had a very spe­cial vis­i­tor at their fundrais­ing day at Stra­bane House at the week­end – Lady Jean Fforde her­self.

She made a sur­prise, but very wel­come, ap­pear­ance out­side her home dur­ing the event.

The group’s Graeme John­ston said: ‘We were de­lighted she was able to come out and join us in the af­ter­noon. She en­joyed watch­ing the pipe band with a cup of tea and some home-bak­ing given to her by one of the young­sters.’

The young folk of Ar­ran Youth Foun­da­tions raised £664 last Satur­day by host­ing their sixth an­nual fundraiser in the gar­dens of Lady Jean Fforde at Stra­bane House in Brod­ick.

With do­na­tions for en­try, the group’s young peo­ple also raised money by sell­ing teas, cof­fees and their home-bak­ing, as well as hold­ing a grand raf­fle.

Beau­ti­ful

For most of the event, the weather was beau­ti­ful, with a shower of rain start­ing just be­fore a won­der­ful per­for­mance by Ar­ran Pipe Band but fail­ing to dampen spir­its.

AYF youth work project man­ager Graeme John­ston said: ‘I’m de­lighted we raised so much – these funds will be such a big help to all the great work that we do with the young folk of Ar­ran.

‘Ev­ery­one in­volved in AYF would like to thank those who helped us on Satur­day, be they young peo­ple, par­ents, any­one who vis­ited the gar­dens, all those who helped set up and clear away, and to Ar­ran Pipe Band for com­ing along and pro­vid­ing such bril­liant en­ter­tain­ment. Huge thanks to the busi­nesses who do­nated raf­fle prizes: Auchran­nie, Dou­glas Ho­tel, Co-op­er­a­tive, Ar­ran Dairies, and Isle of Ar­ran Cheese Shop, as well as those who brought prizes on the day.

‘Most im­por­tantly, we would like to give spe­cial thanks to Lady Jean, who so gen­er­ously opened her gar­dens to sup­port the young peo­ple once again. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing Lady Jean has done for AYF.’

AYF mem­bers en­joy a group pho­to­graph with Lady Jean.

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Mem­bers of the AYF who helped on the day.

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The pipe band per­form­ing at the fundrais­ing event.

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At the cafe are, left to right, trea­surer Sylvia Ali­son, Lori Prescott, Me­gan Hamill and Char­lie Hodgart.

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