BIG-HEARTED patrons at a Portlethen pub are hoping to make a difference with a charity race night and raffle on October 7.
Money raised on the night will go to Help for Heroes, a charity set up to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women wounded since September 11, 2001. Licensee of the Leathan Arms, Scott Ramage, said locals in the Portlethen community are eager to contribute towards making the evening a big success.
He said: “All of the locals are in full support of our chosen charity, and at our last event in January we had an excellent turnout, raising £1857.38. One of our patrons, Bob Pickup, is an ex-serviceman and he suggested that we support Help for Heroes. Everyone has been very supportive and the community in Portlethen have been very good in supporting us so we are hoping for a good turnout on the night.”
An added bonus to the race night this time around will be a raffle, and several local people and businesses have donated prizes.
Signed shirts from Aberdeen and Rangers football teams will be raffled on the night. The Rangers shirt was donated by the club itself, who are big supporters of the charity, while the Aberdeen shirt was donated by Portlethen man Fraser Sloan.
Mr Ramage said: “The two teams are rivals, but we want to show that there is no rivalry here, and we are all heading for the same goal, which is raising as much as we can for Help for Heroes.”
Slater Menswear have donated a £50 voucher, and Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre have promised two tickets to a forthcoming event, which is yet to be finalised.
Tickets for the raffle are on sale now for £5 each and can be purchased from the Leathan Arms.
H4H keeps a “running total” on its website which is updated weekly with the total amount raised, which in April 2009 stood at over £19M. In February 2010, H4H had raised £40M. In June 2011, the charity announced that it had raised £100m in under four years.