Charity fundraiser

With the annual Relay for Life looming up in July at Bladnoch Park, local teams are busy with fundraising events.

The Galloway Belties team organised an entertaining evening last Thursday in Garlieston Hall when a packed audience were both informed and amused by multi-talented farmers’ wives Lesley Robinson and Isobel Campbell.

There was much mirth at Lesley’s tales, told in her lilting Northern Ireland accent, about farming life on both sides of the Irish Sea and the benefits (and drawbacks!) of a large family and her travels to India and a last-minute dash down to London to see the recent Royal wedding in London.

Isobel in turn took us on a tour of her work as a Justice of the Peace in the courts of Dumfries and Galloway with anecdotes about speeding drivers and crafty poachers - who Isobel discretely left nameless!

A tasty treat of tea, coffee and home baking was produced and finally a raffle which helped to raise £638 on the night.

Twenty-seven teams of men, women and children have already signed up for the overnight celebration which will take place at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.

Now organisers are encouraging anyone who would like to enter a team or participate as a survivor or caregiver to sign up as soon as possible with just two weeks left to register.

Anne Barclay, volunteer Chair of Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Relay For Life is a great way to spend time with your friends, family and colleagues while raising money for a seriously worth-while cause. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. Taking part in Relay For Life is a positive way to be part of your local community and help make a real difference.”

For more information on how to enter Relay For Life, visit

or call 08716 41 26 02.