FAMILIES in Girvan who were the victims of a spate of burglaries recently will have a happier Christmas thanks to the generosity of townsfolk and local businesses.
A meeting on Wednesday night in Girvan organised by three concerned Girvan residents and attended by members of Girvan’s community policing team along with Sandra Osborne MP and councillors Alec Clark, Alec Oattes and John McDowall raised over £240 for the families.
Local businesses including Ladbrokes and Asda have also contributed to the appeal, which is now understood to stand at well over £1200.
A bag pack has been arranged at Asda, Girvan this Saturday (December 22) to raise funds for around 10 families who may have been burgled over the past few weeks.
One of the reasons the meeting was called was that many householders, including elderly residents, are living in fear of burglars and are afraid to leave their homes unattended especially over the Christmas period.
Police were also able to tell the meeting of over 200 residents of the town last week that two males had been arrested in connection with the burglaries and had appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.
One of the organisers Gail Sloan said this week: “The townsfolk have done really well to raise money for the families. The children are suffering as well because they are not getting their Christmas presents.
“But hopefully those children will now get their presents on Christmas Day.”