Cash boost from budding jetskiers

From left: Elain and Pauline presented Maureen of Macmillan Cancer Support with the cheque for �3,231.
From left: Elain and Pauline presented Maureen of Macmillan Cancer Support with the cheque for �3,231.

A PETERHEAD minister and one of her congregation raised an amazing £3,231 for Macmillan Cancer Support Peterhead after taking part in an unusual fundraiser.

Rev. Pauline Thomson, who is undergoing periodic treatment for lung cancer, and Elaine Taylor, both of the town’s Old Parish Church, decided they wanted to do something different to raise cash for the charity.

The pair opted to do a sponsored jet ski from the Lido marina, and undertook the challenge on August 6 under the watchful eye of many of the church’s congregation.

Elaine told the Buchanie: “We decided to undertake a jet ski as it’s something that Pauline has always wanted to try, and it seemed like a great idea.”

“We asked for sponsorship and the Lido Cafe gave us a fantastic donation of £1,500 which they had raised through the sale of secondhand books.

“The Ythan Fiddlers also played at a concert at the church during Scottish Week and not only did they offer their services free of charge, they donated £250 to the cause when they heard about what we intended to do.”

Pauline hopes that the event will raise awareness of the support group in Peterhead and the services they proivde.

“The money raised here stays in the town, so we were delighted to be able to keep the money locally,” she said.

“I would really encourage people not to give up and keep hope when battling cancer, I’m glad Elaine and I were able to do something we loved and captured people’s imagination when it comes to fundraising.”

Macmillian Cancer Support Peterhead chairperson Maureen Simpson added: “We’ve managed to raise £14,000 this year which has stayed in the community.

“We receive a lot of support from local groups and organisations and the jetski was an imaginative way to keep these types of things in mind.”