Birthday boost from Crimond farmer

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Crimond farmer, Eck Cowie, was determined to celebrate his 65th birthday in style last month but instead of piling up presents he asked guests to make a donation to Families Need Fathers Scotland.

In the event, 105 family and friends turned up at his party at the Ban-car hotel. Eck and his family were stunned at their generosity that raised £1,720 for the charity that offers support and advice to anyone experiencing child contact difficulties after parents separate.

Eck said: “A lot of people find themselves struggling to keep contact with their children or grandchildren when there’s a separation. It’s really a tragedy.

“I just thought not enough people know about the work that Families Need Fathers Scotland does and I wanted to help get them better known.”

National manager of FNF Scotland, Ian Maxwell, said: “We were stunned at the generosity of Eck’s family and friends.

“We’re very grateful that the donation will help us expand our network of local groups and continue to provide a service for the many calls we get to our Edinburgh office every week.”

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