Local ladies’ big donation

THANKS for the Memories group members Jane Cook and Hilary Hayes present their cheque to the South Aberdeenshire and Deeside Alzheimer Scotland group last Thursday.

THANKS for the Memories group members Jane Cook and Hilary Hayes present their cheque to the South Aberdeenshire and Deeside Alzheimer Scotland group last Thursday.

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THE South Aberdeenshire and Deeside branch of Alzheimer Scotland have received a welcome contribution towards a new minibus for their group, thanks to the enterprising actions of a group of local women.

The five women, Hilary Hayes, Jane Cook, Carol Shea, Veronica Whittaker and Anne Stenhouse, came together to form a fundraising group to raise funds for Alzheimers, aptly titled Thanks for the Memories.

The women, who come from Stonehaven, Fettercairn, Auchenblae and Westhill, invited fashionable women from across Aberdeen city and shire along to an event on June 11, where they could browse and buy a wide range of current and vintage clothing and accessories.

The TFTM team had worked hard to acquire over 1000 donated items, including quality ladies clothing, bags, shoes, hats, scarves and jewellelery, and it seems their efforts paid off. Almost 200 people turned out on the day, making the event a huge success, and a fantastic sum of £3,500 was raised on the day, with any leftover items being donated to charity shops.

The ladies have divided the cash, giving £2,250 to the South Aberdeenshire and Deeside branch of Alzheimer Scotland, £750 to the Aberdeen City group and the remaining £500 will go towards research into Alzheimers.

TFTM member Hilary Hayes said the group were delighted with the success of their event. She said: “It was a lovely day and there was a very positive, happy atmosphere, and we had a lot of support from people in the South Aberdeenshire area. The choice of charity was an easy decision. We were all having a conversation one day about how many people we know who either suffer from Alzheimers, or care for someone who does. It is becoming more and more common.”

Service Manager for South Aberdeenshire Services, Sarah Duff, thanked the ladies for their efforts. She said: “A huge thank you to Hilary, Jane and the rest of the team, it’s just fantastic and very much appreciated.”