Alister donates money to three local charities

Alister Jessiman presents the cheque to Dr Nitin Maheshwari, Liz Thomson and Dr Bob Murray of Crimond Medical Centre
Alister Jessiman presents the cheque to Dr Nitin Maheshwari, Liz Thomson and Dr Bob Murray of Crimond Medical Centre

A St Fergus man has marked a milestone birthday by raising thousands of pounds for three local good causes.

Alister Jessiman turned 50 in November but decided a year before that he was going to use his special year to raise money for three causes close to his heart; the Crimond Medical Centre Equipment Fund, the ARI Diabetic Clinic and the Eye Out-Patient Department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Alister was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic as a child and has been grateful to his local GP surgery, the Diabetic Clinic and the Eye Clinic for their support and care, keeping him in good health over the years.

Celebrations started last summer when Alister set himself the challenge of walking the disused rail track from Peterhead to Maud.

Accompanied by family and friends, he completed the 15 mile walk and raised around £2,000.

To mark his birthday, Alister was joined by around 200 friends, neighbours and family for a party at the Ban Car Hotel, Lonmay.

He requested donations rather than presents and, with an auction and raffle, raised around £5,000, bringing the total to £7,200 which was split between each charity.

Alister said: “I am very grateful to everyone who contributed to the final total, whether by collecting walk sponsorship, donating raffles and auction prizes, or coming along on the night.

“I am delighted that we have been able to raise so much for three very good causes.”