On­line cam­paign is launched to re­place joiners’stolen items

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

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/

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