£1000 for charity? Let’s raise a cup to that!

COFFEE mugs were raised at Brian’s Cafe in Bo’ness this week, to toast the success of a Burns supper fund-raiser organised by a group of regulars.

It proved a winning recipe in the fundraising stakes for Jeff Stewart and pals, also known as ‘the Tuesday morning coffee boys Bo’ness’, with them able to share £1000 between two great causes.

They are delighted to be handing over £500 to the 2nd Bo’ness Boys Brigade, based at St Andrew’s Church, and £500 to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). BP is matchfunding the latter.

The beneficiaries were picked in light of BB captain Walter Williamson being a member of the coffee boys’ gang, and Jeff’s daughter Catriona having passed away from cancer 26 years ago.

The supper – held at Bo’ness Bowling Club and featuring a raffle –was a ‘first adventure’ for the chaps, but such was its success that next year’s is already almost a sell out.

Jeff said: “As well as those pictured, thanks are due to several others: Iolaire for the music, John Lapsley for a great ‘Toast to the Haggis’ and ‘Holy Willie’s Prayer’, Marion Hunter for an excellent rendition of Tam o’Shanter, and Bill Braid for an informative and humorous Toast to Bo’ness.

“Mary Gilfillan and accompanist John Gilmour also gave superb performances of old Scots songs.

“The catering was perfect and produced by Jennifer and Jim Barrowman at a very economical cost. Thanks also to Bo’ness Bowling Club for the use of the clubhouse.”