It’s a safe bet Emma will get her wish

Emma Bamber will benefit from the money raised by staff at William Hill in Chapel Street, Peterhead.
Emma Bamber will benefit from the money raised by staff at William Hill in Chapel Street, Peterhead.

A Peterhead shop has raised more than £1,700 in order that a ten year-old, disabled girl can fulfil her dream of swimming with dolphins in Florida later this year.

Emma Bamber will benefit from the money raised by staff at William Hill in Chapel Street, Peterhead, which was the starting point for a sponsored walk to Mintlaw recently.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of customers and their friends,” said Rosie Keith, deputy manager of the Hills shop.

“Most of the money will go to Emma’s trip to Florida, but we also want ten families in Peterhead who have children affected by spina bifida to benefit from the fundraiser.”

The walk was supported by a Stuartfield butcher who donated meat to a barbecue held at the village’s Pitfour Arms where the walk ended.

Ewan Morrice said: ‘’It was the least I could do for such a worthy cause.’’

The hungry and thirsty walkers were also given drinks by the Pitfour Arms who entered into the spirit of the event, making it a huge success for Rosie and her colleagues who accompanied the walkers on the eight-mile hike.

Manager Angela Ward said: ‘’We are delighted to be involved in this fundraiser.

“We will continue to raise money, and on August 29 will have a sponsored hair shave in the shop.’’

Customers of the busy, popular bookies were happy to suport the occasion, digging deep to help fund Emma’s trip.

“I am so impressed by the efforts of the staff that I will be having a bet on Jordan Speith to win the USA PGA and should he win on August 16 I shall donate my winnings to the pot,’’ said James Walker an occasional user of the shop.

Rosie and her colleagues will be happy to accept any donations in the run up to the next fundraiser on August 29.

Meanwhile, William Hill have agreed to double the money raised by Rosie and her staff.