Walkers get their flame on!

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It was all fun, flames and fund-raising at Lochlands on Friday as brave volunteers carried out a sponsored firewalk in support of an Arbroath man.

A group of nearly 40 hot-footed it across glowing coals to raise money and awareness for the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association which is being championed locally by Keith Swankie who suffers from PSP.

As yet the total figure realised is unknown as the deadline for handing in sponsorship is later this month, but around £1,200 was raised alone at the raffle and auction which was part of the fun on Friday.

There was a big turn-out of supporters on a very damp night and they were entertained by numerous craft stalls, a well-stocked raffle and auction and a performance by the Zuglu Drummers.

Christine Esslemont, one of the organisers said: “It’s such a feeling, everybody was just buzzing. Out of the 38 nobody backed out. Even after seeing the flames everybody was up for it.

“We raised on the night, roughly with the raffle and the auction, £1,200, which is fantastic and that will be added to our pot.

“We ended up with 38 walkers on the night, once we get all the money from that we’ll get our final total.

“Even towards the end of the night this lady came up to me. She said she’d taken £50 out with her and so far only spent £10, so she donated the other £40.”

Christine added: “We want to thank everybody, the cricket club for having us, everybody who donated for the raffle and auction, everybody who came out on such a rainy night to support and of course, the walkers.”




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