£29k on the menu for cancer charity after diners dig deep at special event

The 'Borders Change Foundation Charity Dinner' that was held at the Lodge at Carfraemill last Friday (20th Sept) night in aid of The Lavender Touch and raised �39500 on the night which was thoroughly enjoyed by 220 people.
The 'Borders Change Foundation Charity Dinner' that was held at the Lodge at Carfraemill last Friday (20th Sept) night in aid of The Lavender Touch and raised �39500 on the night which was thoroughly enjoyed by 220 people.

Nearly £29,000 has been raised for a local cancer charity from a special dinner held at The Lodge at Carfraemill hotel near Lauder.

The Borders Change Foundation Charity Dinner was attended by 220 people, all there to support The Lavender Touch event.

Dinner organiser James Marjoribanks, said it had been a pleasure to raise money for the charity, which helps people living with cancer by the use of complementary and support services.

“To raise that much in one evening is remarkable and I thank all those that bought tables, donated auction lots and raffle prizes and especially the hotel itself for presenting everyone with a superb meal,” Mr Majoribanks told us.

Just under £40,000 was raised from the event and, after costs are deducted, the charity will benefit to the tune of around £29,000.

Sheila Scott, secretary and founder member of The Lavender Touch, said the charity was extremely grateful to be chosen as beneficiary of this year’s dinner.

“It means a huge amount to us and more importantly, the cancer patients that we help in the Borders,” she said.

“Before tonight, we had no photocopier, computer or telephone, but as well as the money raised, we also got those donated on the night – fantastic.” However, Sheila says there is a downside to being such a successful organisation: “People see the set-up and think it must be well-funded and staffed.

“But that isn’t the case, with volunteers very much depended on to keep things going. What we could really do with is offers of more practical help.

“The wonderful thing is, as well as the money, the dinner saw offers of help in the form of heating for our storage unit, a telephone and computer system – and those kinds of donations are invaluable.”

“And that’s why the event at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel at 2pm this Sunday is so important.We’d lo ve to see lots of people there to hear what the charity is all about and how they could possibly help, even just by giving up a few hours of their time. And I must thank the hotel, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary, as it has bent over backwards to help us.”

Anyone interested in attending this Sunday’s information session should email enquiries@lavendertouch.co.uk