Paula pulls in cash at Anchor

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A Saturday night fundraiser in an Arbroath pub has been hailed a great success after £2880 was divided up between two charities.

Manager of the newly-refurbished Anchor Bar, Simone Lavery, said: “It was a cracking night, with entertainment for everyone and local businesses were incredibly generous, providing 70 raffle prizes.”

The charities which benefitted from locals’ generosity, MND Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support, are both very important to organiser Paula Deans.

In May 2014, Paula lost husband “Dixie” to a fast-progressing form of motor neurone disease and, as he wanted to die at home, Macmillan nurses provided palliative care.

The idea for the charity event came from a late-night conversation at the kitchen table, between Paula and mum Pat Terry, when Paula’s 40th birthday was on the horizon. The traditional party was cancelled and, in lieu of a gift, Pat agreed to pay the cost of hiring entertainment for a charity fundraising night.

Paula’s selfless gesture has been generously rewarded by the “amazing” total raised and she said: “I can’t thank everyone enough! Thanks to Pat Terry for funding the charity entertainment and a big thank you to Cher and Tilly for doing the acts. A big thank you to Simone Lavery and all the Anchor Bar staff for their hard work. Thanks to everyone that gave us donations for raffles and the cash donations.

“We were seriously overwhelmed with the generosity from people.”