Last Friday was a busy day for Macmillan Cancer Support, not only was it the UK wide annual coffee morning but also the bi-annual ‘Auction of Promises’ organised by the Stranraer Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support which was once again held in the Stranraer Rugby Club.
Over 130 items or promises were up for auction, these ranging from an original boxed 1950 bottle of Haigs Dimple whiskey, a five-day return for car and two passengers donated by P&O Ferries, two sheep heads and two guns on a walked up day on Logan Estate. There were numerous meals up for offer at local hotels, restaurants and cafes and all these lots, generously donated, helped Macmillan Cancer Support to raise over £5500.
The auction was led by that well known part-time auctioneer, retired Drummore farmer Murray Irving MBE, with assistance from Jim Strothers, Robert Jamieson and members of the Stranraer Committee.
Steve Hardy, current chair of the Stranraer Committee commented after the event: “Macmillan Cancer Support are so very fortunate to have such brilliant support from businesses in the area who have willingly donated some very expensive lots that we have auctioned tonight, That support of course must include all those people who attend our various events, and tonight was no exception. Unfortunately it is a fact of life that statistically one in three people will be affected one way or another by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support will always be there to offer help and support. The money raised from tonight’s auction will be used within Dumfries and Galloway providing support for local people.”