Ran­som fund for kid­napped coun­cil leader hits £350

Lennox Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

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.

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