Thousands turn out for football fest

Vale of Girvan with new sponsor Mark McFarland (back left) who owns the new butchers shop in Dalrymple Street, Girvan.
Vale of Girvan with new sponsor Mark McFarland (back left) who owns the new butchers shop in Dalrymple Street, Girvan.

Thousands of people turned out at the weekend to support a Girvan couple’s cancer charity appeal.

Robert and Liz Gibson said they were “overwhelmed” by the response to their fundraising football tournament which raised more than £7000 for the Beatson Cancer Care Centre in memory of their daughter, Aimee.

Hamilton Park, home of Girvan FC, where Robert is vice-chairman, was packed on Saturday with friends and supporters of Aimee and the Gibson family. They watched a tournament involving four adult teams and four youth teams from the area.

As the players battled it out in the summer sunshine, the large crowd also took advantage of the fundraising stalls and attractions around the park which included: beat the goalie, barbecue, face painting, home baking and many more. All were provided and manned by suppoprters of the appeal and all proceeds went to the Beatson.

The Gibsons said they were delighted with the response and thanked everyone who had given of their time and energy to make it a huge success. They revealed that the final grand total collected at the event was a massive £7264.13. They will travel to Glasgow later this week to hand it over to the west of Scotland cancer care hospital.

They said they thought that Aimee, a former Girvan Academy pupil who died from cancer last year, must have been looking down on Saturday’s proceedings – for two of her close friends each won a golf prize in the large raffle which accompanied the event.

The tournament was the idea of dad, Robert, who said: “The response was beyond our wildest dreams and we can only thank all of Aimee’s friends and supporters as well as everyone else who helped make this day in her memory one to remember.”