Over £4,000 raised at Braemar ceilidh

Foot-tapping Braemar residents have raised over £4,000 for a local charity dancers through the holding of a ceilidh.

Local woman, Fay Jolly, handed over a cheque for £4,181.79 to North-east cancer cause Friends of ANCHOR.

Fay raised the staggering sum with the dance at the Braemar Games Park which saw over 160 guests attend.

Every penny of the total raised - which was presented to fundraising & PR manager at Friends of ANCHOR, Sarah-Jane Hogg - will go directly into the charity’s newly launched £190,000 fundraising campaign for a ground-breaking clinical trial.

The trial, which is the first of its kind, will offer hope to North-east cancer patients suffering from an aggressive form of stomach cancer where no alternative treatments are available.

Fay said; “I was thrilled to be able to hand over the cheque knowing that every penny would be spent locally to make a positive difference to those fighting cancer at the ANCHOR Unit. I couldn’t have raised such an impressive amount without the generosity and support of so many.

With the Junior Highland Games committee usually hosting a small dance on the Saturday night following the games, this year the committee decided to gift the marquee to Fay to raise money for the ANCHOR Unit.

The decision was made eight weeks before the Games weekend took place so with such a short space of time for preparations, friends and family rallied around Fay to help sell tickets, organise the bar, assist in all the planning and set up.

Fay added; “It was awe-inspiring to see so many individuals and businesses get behind the event...”