Fort fam­ily fundraiser suc­cess for Gary

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times -

FRIENDS and fam­ily of a Fort Wil­liam man with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis (MS) turned out in force last week­end, rais­ing more than £ 5,000 towards ground-break­ing treat­ment.

As part of a push to raise £45,000 to send Gary Camp­bell to Mex­ico for stem cell treat­ment, a packed day of events was or­gan­ised last Sun­day.

Gary, 29, was di­ag­nosed with pri­mary pro­gres­sive MS three months ago and his friends and fam­ily have since launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign so he can re­ceive He­matopoi­etic Stem Cell Treat­ment (HSCT), which aims to com­bat MS.

Sun­day’s fundrais­ing cul­mi­nated in a shinty match and stalls at An Aird. Two teams made up of for­mer pupils of Caol and Banavie pri­mary schools’ shinty teams, some of whom haven’t played since, took to the field in an ex­hi­bi­tion match in aid of Gary. In a good spir­ited en­counter, the Caol side won 4-1.

Bak­ing and face-paint­ing stalls and a raf­fle also helped draw the crowds as plenty of fam­i­lies turned up to join in the fun and to sup­port Gary’s cause. The day’s events raised an in­cred­i­ble £ 5,460. An evening at Roo­barb night club on Fri­day and a Teddy Tod­dle on Satur­day raised even more.

Leanne Craw­ford, Gary’s part­ner, said: ‘ We’re shocked by the turnout and sup­port. We tried to count ev­ery­one on the field on Sun­day but couldn’t. There was well over 100.’

‘A huge thank you to Ann and Peter MacIn­tyre who or­gan­ised the events on Sun­day. They’ve been great and it meant Gary and I had lit­tle to do on the day. We’d also like to thank the Black fam­ily who have do­nated money towards Gary’s cause which was very gen­er­ous. Thank you also to Stuart Whyte who kindly do­nated £ 500.’

Leanne con­tin­ued: ‘We reckon we have now raised be­tween £11,000 and £12,000 in only eight weeks, which is out­stand­ing.

Although he wasn’t able to at­tend, Gary said he was over­whelmed with the turnout on Sun­day and thanked ev­ery­one for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

We’re shocked by the turnout. ” Leanne Craw­ford.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, the Write Im­age.

Teams made up of for­mer pupils who played in Caol and Banavie pri­mary schools’ shinty teams played a fundrais­ing match for Gary Camp­bell on Sun­day.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, the Write Im­age.

Gary's girl­friend Leanne Craw­ford with helpers Demi MacKen­zie, left, Lau­ryn MacKenna, 9, and Kye Craw­ford, 12, at the home bak­ing stall.

Gary Camp­bell.

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