Lauder ceilidh raises over £5,000 for children’s charity

A YOUNG Lauder widow who held a ceilidh in memory of her husband has raised over £5,000 for charity, writes Sally Gillespie.

Dad-of-three Grahame Allan was killed in a road accident on the A7 just over a year ago, leaving his wife Alison and their children, now seven-year-old Olivia and three-year-olds Sophie and Lucas.

Around the anniversary of his death at the end of September, Mrs Allan organised a family ceilidh at Lauder Public Hall in memory of Grahame and to raise money for Richmond’s Hope, the charity which helped Olivia after her father died.

Mrs Allan said: “Olivia was understandably very angry and I found there was no support for young families who have suffered bereavement.”

But eventually she found the Edinburgh-based charity.

She said: “They provided Olivia with invaluable time every week for 12 weeks to give her the space and freedom to talk during play therapy. I firmly believe she is a happier and more settled child having had the opportunity to express her feelings in a child-friendly way and I’m very grateful to Richmond’s Hope for their services.”

She added: “I’m delighted at the amount – I didn’t expect to raise so much. It’s a hugely important charity.”

Richmond’s Hope helps children aged four and above, and the charity has told Mrs Allan it will be there for her younger children if they need help next year.

Mrs Allan added: “Friends and neighbours in Lauder have been wonderful and hugely supportive to us, and the ceilidh was really well attended and I want to thank everyone who helped in any way.”