8,000 reasons to hail charity ball success

Some of the organisers of  the Angus 4 Forces charity ball were pictured at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Saturday. From left (Back) Conrad Trickett, Chic Grant, Derek Cunninghan. (Front) Barbara Grant, Jennifer John, Valarie Hughes, Suzie Hamilton.
Some of the organisers of the Angus 4 Forces charity ball were pictured at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Saturday. From left (Back) Conrad Trickett, Chic Grant, Derek Cunninghan. (Front) Barbara Grant, Jennifer John, Valarie Hughes, Suzie Hamilton.

THE INAUGURAL Angus 4 Forces charity ball was held at the weekend and the great and the good were out in force to show their support.

All told, 134 people attended the event held in the function suite of the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Saturday evening to raise money for four local charities that support our servicemen and women.

Jock Hutcheson of HorseBack UK, Chief Inspector Conrad Trickett of Commando 999, Colonel Clive Fairweather of Combat Stress and Major General Mark J. Strudwick of Scottish Veterans’ Residences gave moving speeches on the work of their organisations.

The ball was the brainchild of Chic and Barbara Grant, Valerie Hughes and Jennifer John and raised around £8,000.

Chic said: “We are absolutely delighted at how the night went. The amount of emails we’ve had from people saying what a good time they had. The response has just been tremendous.

“After all the bills have been paid and the one or two donations that are still to come in, we raised somewhere in the region of £8,000.”

The evening was full of games, such as ‘Heads or Tails’ which raised £625 and the £10 raffle which realised £780, especially after Jennifer John donated her £100 winnings to the charitable pot.

There was also a silent auction which featured expensive malts, a skateboard, a handwoven decorative tapestry and two prints of Robert Burns from the National Portrait Gallery.

A pair of VIP camping tickets for T in the Park 2012, donated by the festival organisers raised £900 and a signed Scottish rugby shirt raised £300.

Chic added: “For a first time it was a fantastic amount raised. We loved doing it, we had a ball then and we are still having a ball now.”

Already plans are being made for next year’s ball, which has been pencilled in for October 20, and while tickets are not officially on sale yet, anyone who wishes to go should make their interest known to the organisers.