The Govan Fair Association recently handed over a cheque for £200 to ‘We are Macmillan Cancer Support’ to help people living with cancer.
Though wheelchair bound, Linda Yates was the chief fund raiser for the Govan Fair Association. ‘I just did what I could to help,’ she said. This included sitting outside with a bucket on Govan Fair Day in June 2015 receiving money given by the crowd. On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, modern apprentice Calvin Lynch (17) was happy to receive the cheque for the formal ceremony in the Pearce Institute café in Govan which is run by Macmillan Cancer Support. Vice Chair Sandy Black, wearing the Govan Fair chain of office, officially represented the Association. He said: ‘The money given to Macmillan Cancer Support continues an ancient tradition of the Fair Association – to distribute any surplus from the Fair to those in need locally.’
A spokeswoman for the Macmillan support fundraising team which works upstairs in the Pearce Institute, said the money would be added to what the team raises for Macmillan work.
Later that day, Linda Yates was honoured by the Association – which has a tradition going back more than 300 years – and made a Life Member as was local Church of Scotland minister Moyna McGlynn. Said Chairman Lord James Stringfellow: ‘They have been given Life Membership out of gratitude for the support each has given the Govan Fair and the Govan Fair Association over the years.’
The Association has also ratified its 21st century working model as a company limited by guarantee with Charitable Status. Said Mr Stringfellow: ‘The whole process was managed by OSCR (the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) who made sure all the legalities and constitutional procedures have been adhered to. We are now on a modern footing and the Govan Fair is protected for the people of Govan for the next 300 years. The current committee are the custodians of huge tradition and we take that role very seriously.’
Later that day, the Govan Fair Association re-elected their committee at a re-called annual general meeting. Solicitor John Flanagan reassured everyone that the legalities of becoming a company limited by guarantee with Charitable Status had been done correctly. He explained that this was to protect the people taking the responsibilities of the Association and was a normal process today. Chairman Lord James Stringfellow also moved an amendment to the standing orders to emphasis that the Govan Fair belongs to the people of Govan and those who are the custodians of the Association and formal supporters of it, are committed to that objective.
The snow and ice that put a spectacular 200-strong Christmas motorbike gift run to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children on the skids, failed to deter more than three dozen warm hearts who arrived at Yorkhill with a huge haul of gifts.
This year’s festive convoy by bikers from across the Central Belt promised a cavalcade of roaring machines, fancy dress, Santa Claus outfits, tinsel, flags, collection buckets, and loads of presents for the youngsters at the hospital.
However, while the cold snap put paid to the big run, some of the generous bikers were determined to defy the weather and get to Yorkhill with their presents.
Run organiser Ron Deacon, who left his BMW snowed in at home in Milton of Campsie, said: ‘It’s a big event and it’s disappointing that it has ended in this sort of size. We were trying to make it the big run this year because of the Easter Egg Run being cancelled due to roadworks, so it’s a bigger disappointment because we were trying to make it such a success.
‘Still, it’s encouraging that people came out. We can control a lot of things, but we can’t control the weather and we hope it’ll be kinder to us next year.’
Ron, who has been organising Christmas runs for the past four years and also marshals cycling events, explained that at least one rider who make it to Yorkhill had had a fall backing his bike out of the garage on the icy ground.
‘My car went sideways coming here,’ he added. ‘So you can understand that safety is the first factor in anything that we do. I told everybody the run was cancelled but these people braved it.
‘The weather could have changed at any point and I wasn’t willing to take that risk . The last thing I want is for something to happen to anybody.’
Events Fundraiser for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, Abigail Stein, said: ‘Some people still come even though the big run was cancelled. They’re absolutely diehard. It’s brilliant that they’re here because every penny and present helps.’
Abigail added: ‘Everything gets distributed. All the money goes to buy all the things the Foundation Funds needs from toys and games to medical equipment and research and development.’
Five adventurers who left the comfort of the Liquid Ship, their favourite pub in the West End, for the windswept and interesting climes of John O’ Groats, have raised more than £5,000 for Maggie’s Centre.
The team – Martin Johnstone, Adam Alexander, Lee Vickers and Glen Marrilier – buddied up with Kevin McLelland, whose wife, Chantelle, has successfully battled thyroid cancer, to make the gruelling 400-mile cycle trip North in five days.
Looking back on a journey that had more than its fair share of sun, rain, bumps, bruises and punctures, Kevin said: ‘We were inspired by the sense of achievement, absolutely exhausted, looking forward to the next challenge whatever that might be, and in need of a cold pint.’
He added: ‘Chantelle had cancer a couple of years ago. At the time we were provided with fantastic care by the NHS. However, the real need for support came well after the surgery.
‘Both of us were unaware how big an effect cancer would have on us after the event. We turned to a fantastic organisation, the Maggie’s Centre, who offered us so much help and support.’
A group of 20 youngsters have left Glasgow for the roof of the world and a once-in-a-lifetime challenge to follow in the footsteps of climbing greats – Sir Chris Bonnington and Dougal Haston.
After a hectic round of fundraising, the travellers, part of the Who Cares? Scotland advocacy group, are off to Kathmandu, Nepal. The 11-day trip will involve a 100-kilometre trek, taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
Who Cares? Scotland celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the adventurers had to raise nearly £2,000 each to make their trip a reality. The money goes to pay for flights, travel in Nepal, expedition leaders, porters, food and accommodation.
The visit will also be a boost for Community Action Nepal (CAN), which aims to raise awareness of people living in remote villages with its focus on health and education projects.
Expedition leader Grant Gilroy, a regional manager with Who Cares? Scotland, says the trek through Bhara Pokhari region West of Kathmandu, will not be a cakewalk, but it will have its compensations.
‘Foreigners seldom take this particular route and, consequently, the Nepalese greet visitors with a great deal of friendliness.’
Trek veteran Grant added: ‘This is a major undertaking for Who Cares? Scotland. We are collaborating with CAN and Scottish local authorities to raise much-needed money to improve the health and education of people in Nepal.’
Who Cares? Scotland’s chief executive, Heather Gray, who is also participating, believes travel will broaden the minds of the Scottish youngsters.
‘This trip is giving young people in care throughout Scotland and their workers the opportunity to plan and work towards an amazing experience that will provide them with a completely different perspective on their lives.’
Trekker David Dunne, who is young people’s chairman on Who Cares? Scotland’s board, said: ‘I am so excited to be part of this adventure and for me and the other young people going to Nepal it’s a dream come true and will inspire us to even greater things in our lives.’
Fundraising efforts are ongoing and a series of events including hill climbs, walks, cycle rides, supermarkets and Nepalese themed evenings are planned. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/nepaltrek2009. Who Cares? Scotland’s website can be found at www.whocaresscotland.org.