THREE charities were each presented with a cheque for £500 at the Arbroath Inner Wheel Friendship meeting at the Meadowbank Inn last Wednesday when Mrs Helen McDiarmid presided.
The money represented the proceeds of the Bothy Lunch in November.
Ian Ballantyne received the cheque for the Rosendael Residential Homes for Veterans. He spoke of the essential work done by the home for veterans traumatised by the physical and psychological damage of war and the long road to their recovery. The charity depends entirely on donations.
Dr Cedric de Voil, representing the Hope Organic Garden at Hospitalfield House, said that their donation would enable attending students to work towards their Certificate of Achievement which will raise their self-esteem and help them to realise that they are valued by their community.
Christine Anderson, a long time member of Arbroath Inner Wheel, accepted the cheque on behalf of Sense Scotland, a charity which supports those with complex support needs and difficulties with communication through sensory problems such as deaf blindness. The representative travelling from Aberdeen was unable to attend as an unexpected emergency had occurred requiring his full attention. Members sent best wishes for a happy resolution.
To celebrate 36 years since the Inner Wheel was established in Arbroath, President Helen McDiarmid and Margaret Neill cut the birthday cake.
Vice-president Anne Sowden had organised a quiz for the members’ entertainment. There was much laughter as members puzzled over clues to sweeties usually displayed in shops under their trade name.
The next meeting will be at the Meadowbank Inn on Wednesday, April 6, at 7.30 p.m. when the guest speaker will be Erica Caldwell