A “Messy Nativity” Sheep Trail competition for children to find lost knitted sheep in the windows of the local businesses at Bearsden Cross last December was a huge success.
Launched by Bearsden Cross Parish Church on December 1, the Sheep Trail proved to be an enjoyable activity for the children who entered, and their parents who accompanied them when they went hunting for the sheep.
A total of 35 local businesses displayed a knitted sheep in their windows. There were 44 in total, which had been knitted by ladies in the church.
The winning entries were chosen in mid December and 10 lucky children picked a sheep of their own as their prize.
The winning youngsters also received a small bag of chocoloate coins.
A “knit stock” sale of the surplus sheep raised £440.
This was added to the collections from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at the church and as a result a cheque for £1,666 will be presented next week to Robin House, the children’s hospice in Balloch.
Diane Walker, one of the organisers, said: “As well as many locals this also attracted lots of visitors to the Cross who were curious to know why there were sheep in the shop windows.”
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part for their support.
“We’re thrilled that we’ve managed to raise such a significant amount for Robin House.”