Charity champion Bob to step down

Bob (right) hands over a cheque for �3,500 to Nicola Watson of Monty's Maggie's appeal
Bob (right) hands over a cheque for �3,500 to Nicola Watson of Monty's Maggie's appeal

One of Deeside’s long-term charity heroes is set to retire after raising over £80,000 for good causes during his tenure.

Bob Lawrie has been chairman of Deeside Steam and Vintage Club for the past eighteen years and donated to numerous charities in that time.

His latest and last piece of goodwill was handing a cheque over for £3,500 to the Monty’s Maggie’s cancer appeal after a successful steam rally in Milton of Crathes.

The presentation was made at a ploughing match in Drumoak (pictured).

Another recent generous gesture was donating £300 to Deeside Rugby Club.

The Piper spoke to Bob: “I’ve been Chairman of the club for eighteen years and my wife’s been the treasurer for that time too so it’s time to give someone else a chance. We hold our A.G.M in September so someone new will be elected then.”

With such a wide range of charities donated to over the years; Bob explained that local charities were important to the club:“We’ve always tried to give to the local community and local charities and hospitals have always been a priority for us. We try and do a big hospital donation every year; anything to help out the local community.”

Monty’s Maggie’s was a charity set up by legendary Scottish Golfer Colin Montgomery after his mother passed away from Cancer.

Nicola Watson, Community Fundraiser Maggie’s Highlands and Aberdeen described the donation by the D.S.V.C as “amazing”.

“We are delighted to receive this amazing donation from the Steam and Vintage Club. £3,500 is a fantastic contribution to the appeal and we thank them very much for their continued support” .

Bob plans on remaining a member of his beloved club but will take a back seat from now on: “I will continue on as a lay member but I’m looking forward to a rest!”