John’s Laurieston memorial bowls match proves a big draw

Laurieston Bowling Club members raised �1205 for motor neurone dsease research in memory of member Crawford Gillies. From left, Willie Guest, Elizabeth Gillies, Iain McWhirter of MND Scotland, Vi MacIntyre and Mavis Edwards
Laurieston Bowling Club members raised �1205 for motor neurone dsease research in memory of member Crawford Gillies. From left, Willie Guest, Elizabeth Gillies, Iain McWhirter of MND Scotland, Vi MacIntyre and Mavis Edwards

Bowlers, businesses and residents worked together to honour a good friend and chalk up a real result for a vital charity.

Last month, members of Laurieston Bowling Club held a special competition, the John Gillies Memorial Trophy, and raised £1205 for the charity Motor Neurone Disease Scotland and mark the passing of John, who died from the disease.

The competition, which will be held annually, featured 48 players on the green and a variety of raffles in the clubhouse.

John’s son Crawford said: “We thank everyone who helped us raise this total and donated prizes. It was a great day.”

MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity dedicated to people with Motor Neurone Disease, providing a wide range of services as well as information and funding for research.

Iain McWhirter, of MND Scotland, praised the bowlers’ efforts and said their money would provide care and support for a patient for a year.