Isobel King, Melrose branch secretary of Arthritis Research UK, is serenaded by the B-Sharps at the town’s rugby club.
They were one of two barbershop quartets – the other was Serenades –entertaining at Scales and Tales, just one of the events held as the branch’s October Borders Challenge reached a climax.
There was an interlude for fish suppers provided by the George and Abbotsford Hotel, and more than £1,000 was raised during the course of the evening.
Other events included NE Mobility Solutions’ open house hosted by its Berwick shop – a queue of mobility scooters lined up to be cleaned while the occupants enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee.
Sheila Richmond hosted a tea party, while The Woll Golf Club held a competition which was won by Hawick. Two intrepid young people in Newstead – Eleanor and Mark Pitt – washed cars for the cause.
The chairman of the charity’s Melrose branch, Trefor Davies, commented: “Our renewed and grateful thanks to all those people who have helped or will be helping with this year’s challenge.
“We are now on track to equal last year’s cheque to the charity.
“With your help we will exceed this sum – it’s never too late to get involved.”
The chairman added: “To get more information about the charity, the work of the Melrose branch or to find out about the October Borders Challenge and how you can help, visit the website at www.arthritisresearchmelrose.org.uk, go to the Facebook page – October Borders Challenge – email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone us on 0845 602 3921 or go online to www.justgiving.com/melrosearuk to make your donation.”