Ransom fund for kidnapped council leader hits £350
The big-hearted people of Dumbarton District raised over £3000 for the BBC’s Children In Need Appeal.
The feeling of community spirit was in the air as hundreds of local people and businesses gathered for a range of events which helped bring in £3513 for the charity after a hard day of fundraising throughout Dumbarton.
Among the fundraising events was the “kidnapping” of Dumbarton District Council convener Ian Leitch.
Whisked away in a taxi to Queen Street station in Glasgow, he took part in the BBC Radio Scotland’s Jimmy Mack Show before being released with a ransom of £350.
Members of Dumbarton’s Lions Club and drivers with three local taxi firms persuaded the public to part with their cash.
People using taxis displaying a Pudsey Bear sticker knew their fare was going to charity, with driver George Mills gaining the honour of top collector with a total of £77.25.
Dozens of local businesses and individuals lent their support to the appeal, with M and B Indoor Market in Dumbarton raising £267.
A £25 hamper donated by Presto Supermarket on Glasgow Road was the prize at a charity competition held at Dumbarton Bingo Hall.
The grand total of £120 was rasied at the end of the night, including cash collected from the cinema next door.
Lions president John Duffy visited the BBC studios to hand over a cheque for £3513 and paid tribute to everyone across the area who helped make the fundraising day a great success.