Boost for Finlay’s Fund

LOCAL youngster Finlay Sangster: His parents are "speechless" about the support they have received from the local community.

LOCAL youngster Finlay Sangster: His parents are "speechless" about the support they have received from the local community.

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A FUNDRAISING casino night held at Stonehaven Town Hall on Saturday has raised more than £4000.

The event was in aid of Finlay’s Fund, which was set up to provide vital therapy and equipment for Stonehaven youngster Finlay Sangster (6), who has cerebral palsy.

Finlay’s mother Gail said that her and husband Bruce were “speechless” over the amount of support they had received from ther friends, family and the wider community.

She said: “It was such an amazing amount and a fabulous night was had by all from the feedback we have had. We are speechless at the amount raised and so grateful to everyone who attended and those who donated prizes and money if they couldn’t manage.”

Local businesses also showed their support by donating a range of raffle prizes on the night.

The Fund committee agreed earlier this year to use some of the money raised to contribute towards building an extension and create a purpose-built bedroom and bathroom for Finlay, as well as providing him with a specially made bed. The money also helps to fund therapy sessions and pay for other equipment.

Despite the huge success of Saturday evening, the good news for the weekend was not finished, as Gail announced on Sunday that they had just received another donation: “After a wonderful evening on Saturday were very lucky to be presented with a cheque for £1200 from Lindsay School of Dance to help towards the cost of Finlay’s new bed! We will now be going ahead and ordering the bed for Finlay thanks to this donation. Well done everyone who helped with the dance show and to the girls for an amazing performance.

The good news was completed by the further announcement that £800 had been received for the fund “thanks to Hollie Porter and her boyfriend Callum who completed the West Highland Way on Finlay’s behalf back in May and raised this money through sponsors. Thanks to all their friends and family for their support and i hope the blisters have finally healed!”