Eyes and hearts opened up for Romania appeal

Anne Wilkinson with donations for  Romanian appeal
Anne Wilkinson with donations for Romanian appeal

People these days have such busy lifestyles, rarely do they get the time to just sit and take stock, never mind involve themselves in charities.

That’s not been the case, however, with the Journal and Gazette’s Romanian Appeal.

We took up the cause of local ‘Superwoman’ Anne Wilkinson who has been involved in helping babies and needy children in the rural and outlying villages in Romania for more than eight years.

And it’s a cause which has obviously touched the hearts of our readers as donations continue to flood in to our specially selected drop-off points in Linlithgow and Bo’ness.

Anne said: “The level of generosity is the one thing which has really hit home.

“In these times of austerity, where people are struggling with daily living in some cases, they have still found the time to see that there are others out there in Romania who really do need help so badly and they’ve met that challenge head on.

“I’m so proud and honoured that people feel able to see my bigger picture by opening their eyes and hearts.”

Just this week another local fundraising legend, Davie ‘Deep Sea’ Paterson was arranging one of his famed quiz evenings at Platform 3 in Linlithgow to raise funds for the appeal.

The event is planned for Tuesday, May 6, at 7.45pm. The cost is £10 per team of four and tables can be pre-booked by calling 01506 847405.

Davie said: “Recently the Journal and Gazette helped me therefore I thought it only right that I return the favour.

“These quiz evenings generally make around £200, which will be put to excellent use. If it helps even one baby or child who is suffering then it’ll be well worth it.”

Three appeal drop-off points for donations

Bo’ness Recreation Centre, Gauze Road, opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9am-9pm.

Linlithgow Library, The Vennel, opening hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am-8pm Saturday: 9am-1pm.

Grangemouth Journal and Gazette office, Unit 4A, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road FK3 8WX, opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 9am-5pm.