Tornados raise £800 for charity

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Budding, young footballers from Torphins Tornados enjoyed double celebrations at their end-of-season BBQ this weekend.

Not only did they reign victorious in Aberdeen Juvenile Under 12 Football, achieving an impressive, unbeaten record throughout the season, they were also celebrating their fantastic fundraising efforts which saw £800 raised for Aberdeen-based charity, Friends of ANCHOR.

The Torphins Tornados Under 12’s team, were joined by family and friends at the BBQ as well as PR & Fundraising Manager at Friends of ANCHOR, Sarah-Jane Milne, who came along to officially present fundraising certificates to each of the youngsters.

Adrian George who runs Torphins Tornados said: “The fundraising efforts shown by the team, as well as all the generous support we received from family and friends has been absolutely outstanding. This was the first year we’ve embarked on fundraising for a charity. Reflecting on how successful it was and how much we all enjoyed it, we’ve decided that Torphins Tornados will continue this every season, choosing a different charity to benefit from our fundraising efforts each year.”

The generous-hearted youngsters raised the money by taking part in the Run Balmoral event earlier this year alongside some of their parents who joined the race to support their fundraising efforts. The Under-12’s team chose Friends of ANCHOR – which directly supports cancer patients in the North-east - to benefit from the money raised after someone close to the team sadly lost their Mum to cancer at the beginning of the year.

Sarah-Jane Mine commented: “It’s great to see a group of youngsters so eager and willing to raise money for charity. The total of £800 was a fantastic sum to have raised and we are incredibly grateful for their support.”

The money donated in special memory of Shona Watt will go towards Friends of ANCHOR’s commitment to helping get the best possible care, treatment and support for cancer patients in the North-east. The charity does this through supporting leading, local cancer research projects; the purchase of non-NHS funded equipment for the Unit; and providing free support services for patients including reflexology, chiropody and a clinical psychologist.

With Friends of ANCHOR’s administration and running costs fully covered by support from local company, Balmoral Group, every penny raised by Torphins Tornados will go directly to the cause.

For more information about Friends of ANCHOR visit www.friendsofanchor.org.

Torphins Tornados are on the lookout for boys from the Upper Deeside area, going into S1 after the summer holidays, who would be interested in joining the Under 13’s team. To be invited to trial for Torphins Tornados contact Adrian George by emailing adrian@eyecandygraphics.co.uk. To enquire by phone, Adrian will be reachable after July 28 on 013398 82327.