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Banff Rovers hand £2600 cheque to Banff Plainstones Christmas Cracker


By Jonathan Clark

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BANFF Rovers Football Club has handed a cheque worth £2600 to the Banff Plainstones Christmas Cracker.

Rovers made the money through a raffle and by selling football cards. The cheque was presented to Kenny Grant, chairman of the Christmas Cracker, in front of the group's Christmas tree in December.

Left to right: Banff Rovers captain Ray Skinner, Banff Plainstones Christmas Cracker chairman Kenny Grant and Banff Rovers player Steven Hadden.
Left to right: Banff Rovers captain Ray Skinner, Banff Plainstones Christmas Cracker chairman Kenny Grant and Banff Rovers player Steven Hadden.

In total, the Banff Christmas Cracker raised a little more than £5000 for its tree and lights on Low Street.

Kenny Grant, who also owns the Broken Fiddle café, said: "Banff Rovers donated 50 per cent of the cash we raised.

"We also got about £2600 from around 30 local business, the general public and by doing a raffle of our own.

"Donations came in everywhere from Macduff, to Keith, to Inverness.

"I want to thank local businesses for their help and give a big shout out to Banff Rovers.

"They do a lot of stuff at Christmas and don't always get the recognition they deserve."

Mr Grant said that this year's decorations were "phase one" of the group's plan, with phase two to see the bottom of Low Street covered in lights.

The aim is to make that happen for Christmas 2021.

In order to do that, the group will need to raise another £5000. They are hopeful 2021 gives them the chance to fundraise, with an unnamed donor having already ensured that a tree will be provided this year.

Mr Grant added: "The amount of comments that we had was amazing. A lot of senior citizens were happy to see the tree back and made a lot of comments. It's great for the kids to see, as well.

"Another £5000 will secure our plans for 2021, with a 20-foot tree already donated by a person doesn't want to be named."

To donate a raffle prize for future fundraising events, contact Kenny Grant on 01261 498647.


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