Volunteers help light the fundraising fuse

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Fundraising efforts in support of the Fireworks for Arbroath 2016 campaign reached the £8000 mark at the weekend.

The latest big push came courtesy of a sponsored bag pack at Tesco Arbroath, at which a team from the local branch of the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) pitched in to help.

A grand total of £670.08 was realised at the bagpack on Saturday, and helping out were PSYV members Alex Mudie, Molly Claffey, Jillian Milne, Jude Bywater and adult volunteers Drew Ingram and Kieren Guthrie.

Karren Cuthill, chair of Fireworks for Arbroath 2016, was lit up by the help from the youngsters. She said: “They were a fantastic help to us and we raised a lot of money with their support.

“They were very polite, dedicated and motivated and we really appreciated their help on Saturday.”

Constable Paul Morgan, coordinator for PSYV Arbroath, said: “One of the main principles behind the Police Scotland Youth Volunteer scheme is for groups to carry out varied voluntary work and participate positively within their local communities.

“The Fireworks for Arbroath team have been doing a fantastic job raising funds for the Town’s display in November and since PSYV Arbroath will be helping at that event, it seemed fitting for us to also be involved in fundraising for it.

“I am delighted that we were able to assist in raising such a terrific total and help the Arbroath community.”

According to Karren, the fuse is well and truly lit for this year’s fundraising.

She said: “We have raised over £8000. The total in the bank today is £7027.90. The First Aid cover, yearly Insurance and 10 per cent deposit, £840, to secure pyrotechnics firm 21CC have all already been taken care of.

“As well as this, the glow products and toys are being purchased by the Round O fish & chip shop.

“We still have the public entertainment licence and a few wee essentials to get, but the rest of the money will go on the big firework display.

“Our campaign is going fantastically, reaching this milestone makes me feel very proud.”

The next fundraiser is a quiz night in the clubrooms of the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland tomorrow (Saturday), starting at 7.30pm.

Tables of four are £10. Participants are also asked to bring a raffle prize for the huge fireworks raffle which so far has attracted dozens of prizes and will be drawn later this year. Tickets are available from any committee member.