Local Samaritans will not be lying down on the job

Winner of the Mearns Leader and kincardineshire Observer bed competition, run in conjunction with the Bed Centre, Stonehaven, were Aberdeen and District Samaritans, who support people in the Kincardine and Mearns area. Local representative Heather Manning, from Inverbervie (left), is pictured with store manager Donna        .
Winner of the Mearns Leader and kincardineshire Observer bed competition, run in conjunction with the Bed Centre, Stonehaven, were Aberdeen and District Samaritans, who support people in the Kincardine and Mearns area. Local representative Heather Manning, from Inverbervie (left), is pictured with store manager Donna .

People who just need someone to talk to about their problems have been given a boost thanks to the generosity of a Stonehaven business.

The Bed Centre in Barclay Street approached the Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer offering to gift a bed as a fundraiser for charity, and we agreed to carry a competition eligible to groups, organisations and individuals seeking to make money for worthy causes.

An excellent response produced an eclectic mix of entries and also created something of a headache for Editor Mike Rankin, who was asked to select a winner.

He explained: ‘‘It was a very laudable proposition and one in which we were happy to participate, but choosing a winner was very difficult.

‘‘In the end, Aberdeen and District Samaritans - who support people in Kincardine and Mearns - edged it after local representative Heather Manning, from Inverbervie, correctly answered that there were 800 pocket springs in the bed.’’

Heather popped in to the Stonehaven store last Thursday where she was welcomed by manager Donna Stewart prior to taking possession of the bed.

It will now be turned into cash to help the Samaritans group continue its good work in the locality.