Online campaign is launched to replace joiners’stolen items
STUART GILLESPIE An online campaign to help two Castle Douglas joiners who were the victims of theft has raised more than £1,000.
Iain Hall and Adam Blaikie had more than £12,000 worth of tools stolen from their vans while they were parked overnight in the town earlier this month.
That prompted Matt Mckerlie to set up a crowdfunding campaign to help them out.
Matt, who is one of the organisers of the first Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby being held in July, said: “The amount went up quite quickly. It’s a small community and it shows people are not going to just stand by and let this happen.
“It happens all over but you don’t expect it to happen in a town like Castle Douglas.
“I did an online fundraiser for the soap box derby and thought if people would donate to that, they would donate to this. Adam is involved with the soap box derby and we wouldn’t have got this far without him.
“It’s the domino effect — if they can’t work, then it means other folk who are waiting on them doing work, such as electricians and plumbers, can’t do it. They also have wives and kids to look after.”
The initial target of £1,000 has been met but the campaign will remain open until May 6.
Matt added: “I don’t want to raise the target but it is open and people can still donate.
“There’s been more than £1,000 online, plus I’ve been given £40 cash and also a £50 cheque from Monty’s Bar in Castle Douglas.
“The support has been great. It’s more than 1/15th of the value of the stolen tools.”
The crowdfunder is being run through Facebook and can be found at https://www. facebook.com/donate/372358823354103/