June hopes for record sum

AN EXTENDED family from Arbroath is busy fund-raising for the Relay for Life event at Lochlands Cricket Ground in September when they hope to be able to hand over a cheque for more than £12,000.

June Macdonald, Lochlands Street, former proprietrix of Peggy’s shop, has been raising money with her family for five years and in that time they have donated an amazing £50,000. Last year’s total was £12,000 and this year they are hoping to better that.

The next event on Saturday, June 23, is the hugely popular barbecue held in the garden of her son, Gary, and his partner, Nicola Rourke, at 1 Keith Rigg, Kirkton.

June explained: “The event just seems to grow year on year. Last year we had 100 people there and folk were saying that they had enjoyed themselves so much the year before that they had brought along their brother, sister, mum, dad, aunt, uncle!”

During the year the family holds numerous fund-raising events including bingo sessions and race nights. June and Gary make 50 bars of tablet every week which are sold for the cause.

June’s three grandsons, Millan (13), Saul (9) and Jordan (13), her sister Pearl Peters, who lives in Dundee, and her husband, Kenny, all help out. Also involved is their son Jory (19) and daughter Linzi (17), June’s friend Donna Harrison and Allan, her husband, of Lamb Terrace, Arbroath, sister-in-law Avril Buist, from Balmullo, and Gary’s friends, Stewart and Liz Smith, from Broughty Ferry.

June went on: “The entire group looks forward to every event that we put on and we are never short of helpers. They end up being great family occasions and family members also bring along friends, so the numbers keep on increasing.”

She extended thanks to Teviotdale Bakeries, Dundee, who provide the rolls for the barbecue free of charge.