Glassel dance raises over £5000

CHEQUE: (from left) Pauline Robertson, Iain McWrirter (MND Scotland), Lynsey Birnie and Barry Birnie
CHEQUE: (from left) Pauline Robertson, Iain McWrirter (MND Scotland), Lynsey Birnie and Barry Birnie

A charity event in Glassel Hall in aid of Motor Neurone Disease has raised over £5000 thanks to three local fund-raisers.

Lumphanan’s Pauline Robertson and Lynsey and Barry Birnie from Glassel worked together to raise funds through the Glassel Dance for the charity that’s close to all of their hearts.

Lynsey and Barry took over organising the yearly dance from Barry’s parents, who, originally held the dances alongside another couple in aid of their chosen charities - often Cancer Research and MND as Barry’s grandfather also died of Motor Neurone Disease.

Pauline Robertson, 36, who works as a Medical Receptionist became involved with the Glassel dance after her father died of Motor Neurone Disease in July last year at the age of 61, just one year after being diagnosed.

Lynsey and Barry then asked Pauline if she would like to get involved in the dance they were considering making for Motor Neurone Disease since she lost her father.

The trio then arranged a meeting and discussed all their ideas of what could be done on the night to raise as much money as possible for MND Scotland.

The hall holds 120 people and all 120 tickets priced at £10 were sold out - much to the trio’s delight.

They had entertainment from band “The Limit” and had a raffle along with an auction.

Miss Robertson said: “We were very blessed with the kindness and support from people who gave us raffle and auction prizes! After the fund-raiser and all money was in, my mum, boyfriend and I sat down to tally it all up and we were totally overwhelmed and emotional at how much Lynsey, Barry and I raised and the generosity of everyone! A grand Total of £5,072.13! We are very proud of ourselves.

“Motor Neurone Disease is one of the most awful diseases anyone can get. Watching someone you love being eaten away day by day is heart breaking more that any words can describe. My Dad was a very active, hard-working man all his life. He took his work seriously and with pride and to see all this slowly taken away was awful. I want to raise as much awareness on Motor Neurone disease as I can as it’s not a very well known disease and needs as much awareness as possible. It is unknown what causes this and there isn’t a cure, yet!”

Pauline is also helping to organise with an MND Scotland Charity Stovie Dance with her friend Shona Coull - whose father also died of the disease. It’ll take place on Saturday 15 June at Thainstone Exchange. There will be live music by EC Street, tickets cost £20 each or £180 for a table of 10. To purchase your tickets call Shona Coull on 07446 168406 / or Pauline Robertson on 07920855381.

Pauline, Lynsey and Barry were overwhelmed by the raffle and auction prizes donated from individuals and local companies, such as: G.R Murray Joinery Services, Auchterhouse Country Sports, The Hideaway Experiance, Findrack Estate Gamekeeper, Deeside Inflatables, The Ardennan Hotel, SK:N, Emma Jane - Make Up Artist, Lashtastic @ Elan, Blondeze Unisex Salon, Sandie Ritchie Photography, Hair for Men, Deeside Road Construction, Holistic Therapy with Lynsey, Aboyne Gliding Club, Arlene & Scott Barclay, Alternative Healing Ways, Louise Greig @ Charlton House Hairdressing, Aberdeen Football Club, Alison Pritchard Bodyshop Consultant, and a Bodyshop Party held by Alison Mcgregor who donated £520.