A vintage affair at open day
Nicole Reid • Published 6 Aug 2012 09:30
CRIEFF hospital will get a new garden to benefit long-stay patients thanks to a kind Braco man's fundraising efforts.
John Brown raised £1731 for the Friends of Crieff Hospital through his family fundraiser 'Jock's Open Day' last month.
A blast from the past with vintage tractors, relics of agriculture, classic cars and bikes and a number of fun events, visitors came in their crowds to support the cause.
In the museum of farm machinery there was be a war-time Anderson shelter, a large Leyland tractor, displays of collectable wartime memorabilia, bygone toys and despite bad weather leading up the event a parachutist still managed to drop in. Guests also enjoyed a tombola and home-baking from the successful Muthill in Bloom team.
As well as machinery, there was an opportunity to try out drystane dyking - John's loved profession.
He was inspired to help out Friends of Crieff Hospital with their project to develop a garden to benefit patients with dementia after his mother was treated there six years ago.
He told the Strathallan Times: "I want to thank want to thank everyone who helped me make the day such a success. Kids were crying at the end of the day as they didn't want to go home and I have been in and dated with calls asking when I'm having the next one.
"It was hard work but thanks to everyone who supported the event. Thanks to the parachutist, Muthill in Bloom the Beard family who let me use their yard for parking, those who helped with the tombola and raffle and Tom Gray for opening the event."
Friend Eric Ireland was delighted with the efforts and confirmed they now have enough to fund their garden. He said: "It was a splendid achievement and great day given the horrendous weather conditions over the days leading up to the event. I congratulate John and his first lieutenant June for their great efforts and thanks to all the local volunteers for doing such a sterling job."
Work on the garden will begin in the middle of August and is planned to be finished by end of September. Donations for extras for the garden including a greenhouse can be made at the hospital.
This article appeared in Strathallan Times 06 Aug 12
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