Queen’s charity effort

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THE Queen’s Arms Hotel, Inverbervie, has presented a total of £4,132 to charities and local groups.

Custoners and staff at the Queens, led by hotel owner Catriona Bennett, has had an annual fundraising effort for the past four years and during that time an amazing £15,000 has been raised for different charities.

The fundraising always includes a football match and this year it was Cowboys v Indians on the Haughs football pitch.

A total of £1,565 was raised by Craig Wood who had his trademark long hair chopped off in the bar of the hotel in front of a huge crowd.

The Bervie Sunday League side held a snail racing night and contributed £500 to the fundraising.

The football players raised £478 from sponsorship for playing in the charity match and contributed a further £100 themselves just to take part.

General donations and raffles raised nearly £700, including the raffle of a Celtic strip and a painting of Parkhead Stadium and the raffle of a toy tractor.

Catriona undertook a sponsored abseil down the Northwater Viaduct, south of St Cyrus and that raised a massive £800.

The money raised was split between four causes Asthma Research, Aberdeen (£1,000), Chest, Heart and Stoke, Aberdeen (£1,000), Bervie Play Parks (£1,000) and Bervie Pre-school Group (£1,332 including all of Catriona’s abseil cash).

Present at the Queen’s last week to collect their cheques were Heather Morrell on behalf of Chest, Heart and Stroke, Scotland, Jackie McLean on behalf of Asthma Research, Aberdeen and Caroll Evans and Lorraine Reid of the Bervie Play Parks.