Footie match nets Olivia £1,300

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FAMILY MEMORIES -

A CHAR­ITY foot­ball match has helped raise £1,320 for the Olivia Downie Ap­peal.

The Mark De­war me­mo­rial match at Rose­hearty was a huge suc­cess with the money raised in a raf­fle.

Olivia, pic­tured, and her fam­ily were in at­ten­dance at the match, be­tween a Rose­hearty se­lect and a Fraserburgh se­lect, with the Broch com­ing out on top 9-5.

The game was in mem­ory of Fraserburgh FC player Mark De­war, 17, who was killed in 2002 when his car plunged into Fraserburgh Har­bour. Fraserburgh girl Olivia, 6 has battle an ag­gres­sive form of cancer – neu­rob­las­toma – for two years.

Her fam­ily launched an ap­peal to raise funds to help pay for ground­break­ing treat­ment in Ger­many. must be in favour of the pro­ject for it to progress.

Mr Hal­l­i­day said: “The BID funds will be used to bet­ter pro­mote the city cen­tre and at­tract more shop­pers, din­ers, vis­i­tors, tourists as well as in­vest­ment, a greater di­ver­sity of ten­ants and city events and fes­ti­vals.

“The levy is ob­vi­ously an ad­di­tional cost to busi­ness but it is an in­vest­ment on which ev­ery busi­ness in the city should see a re­turn.”

Mary Martin, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Dou­glas Ho­tel, also said the BID would pro­mote closer work­ing with the pub­lic sec­tor. The boss of the Mar­ket Street build­ing would have to pay around £2,700 ex­tra a year.

She said: “Rather than be­ing a city of talk we will have the money to move things for­ward and it won’t get bogged down in red tape.”

And Aberdeen’s plan­ning boss has given the BID his back­ing. Gor­don McIn­tosh said there was a

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