Pub regulars marked the 21st anniversary of a children’s charity by delivering the latest instalment of a bumper birthday present.
Customers at the Tam Bain in Laurieston, who have been supporting the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland since 1996, have now raised over £21,000 for the good cause - an impressive £1000 for every year CHAS has been helping children facing heartbreaking illness and their parents cope with the challenges ahead.
The effort has involved months of relentless fund-raising by staff and punters at the popular bar in the village’s Mary Street. Sponsored challenges, party nights and a host of other money-spinning events have all kept the cash rolling in. Patrons have also responded generously to the ‘idea’ of avoiding wear and tear on their pockets by tipping their change into one of the CHAS collection tins which are strategically placed around the bar!
Everything they have happily got involved in over the last 18 years has helped build the kitty for such a good cause into such a fabulous five-figure sum.
And the result of all their continued generosity has left CHAS bosses stunned.
Laura Campbell, fundraiser for the charity, which is the only one in Scotland to provide hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions at Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, admitted: “We have been overwhelmed by the continual loyal support of the Tam Bain regulars. It is a fantastic amount to have raised over the years and to hit the £21,000 in our special year just simply put the icing on the cake.
“We can’t thank them enough for their brilliant financial help over so many years and to know we have the continuing support of them and new landlords Greig and Nicola McInnes during 2014 is obviously great for us.”
This year CHAS, which also provides a home care service, CHAS at Home, and supports over 300 families across Scotland, has seen its funds boosted by £4 million by donations from the public, but the charity costs £9 million a year to run.
To help go yo www.chas.org.uk or call 0131 444 4900.