The importance of volunteer services to local rural communities will be recognised when the Stinchar Valley Quilters launch their Summer lottery this week. The Quilters have been hard at work for the last two months on crafting a distinctive quilt which will be the first prize.
On the receiving end of their generosity will be Ayrshire Cancer Support, the local Community Action Network volunteer transport service which offers the elderly and infirm in the area help in getting to hospital and health centre appointments and the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance Service which is often a vital lifeline when emergencies strike.
Susan Trotter, the Quilter’s President said: “We have had two of our ladies affected by breast cancer so we have designed and sewn a predominantly pink quilt and will be supporting Ayrshire Cancer Support who will receive a share of the money raised. In addition we wanted to recognise the importance for rural areas of transport links to vital services which often people living in the cities take for granted. So the Girvan CAN volunteer transport service and the Air Ambulance were seen as two other tremendous services which also deserve our support.”
It is hoped that the raffle, tickets for which are on sale now, will raise around £3000 to be shared with the three charitable causes. The draw take place at Barr Village’s Gala Day Dance on June 7th.