Generous shoppers praised

WHEN the Rotary Club of Allander was asked by the Army Benevolent Fund to raise money for them members reckoned they would make a couple of hundred pounds - not the £633.30 they pulled in.

David Brown, Rotary’s international convener, said he was amazed at the generosity of people after the organisation stood outside Tesco Milngavie on Friday and Saturday two weeks’ ago.

He said: “It was quite a shock to get that amount of money. It was amazing. Sucking lemons couldn’t take the smile off my face.”

Helping out at Tesco with the collection was Angela McGowan, whose daughter Danielle Cairns (21) is in the TA and currently in Afghanistan serving with the Military Police.

She said: “Danielle is out there for six months and we will miss her birthday next month and Christmas. She gets two weeks’ leave in January and it will be good to see her then.”

This is the first time the local branch of the Rotary Club has raised money for the Army Benevolent Fund.

Mr Brown said that the group would be more than willing to do it again, and added: “We regularly raise money for other charities so when we were approached by the soldiers’ charity we readily agreed to help. They do some really good work for ex-soldiers and we felt it was the least we could do.”