Alford annual cheque presentation night

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Alford & District Rotary Club members and guests saw the annual presentation of cheques to four charities at their recent meeting.

As usual, 50% of the total raised went to a cancer charity. UCAN was chosen this year for their special effort to provide two operating theatres and the robotic-assisted surgery equipment.

Gayle Stephen from UCAN, who accepted a cheque for £2750, told the members that the initial target of £2.5 million had now been reached but that donations were still being accepted to allow further developments to be financed.

As one of the club’s members, Norman Lavery, is a puppy walker for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association he received a cheque for £1100.

It costs £50 million per year to run the association and there is no Government assistance. Every dog, and there are presently 4700 partnerships, costs the association £50,000 during its lifetime and the cost to the blind person is a one off payment of 50 pence.

Ian Wright of Alford Car Transport Service accepted a cheque for the same amount.

Finally, £550 for Rotary Foundation was accepted by Past President Richard Lattimer.

To round off the evening the club received a cheque for £606.28 from Alastair McNair of the Portlethen Rotary Club for Alford members to distribute to local good causes.