Bute’s Stand Up To Cancer efforts start this weekend

Anna Harrison visited Rothesay Primary School on Monday to tell pupils about the island's Stand Up to Cancer fund-raising programme - including a giant Gay Gordons on Saturday, October 18 which it's hoped will set a world record for the largest number of people ever to take part in a ceilidh.

Anna Harrison visited Rothesay Primary School on Monday to tell pupils about the island's Stand Up to Cancer fund-raising programme - including a giant Gay Gordons on Saturday, October 18 which it's hoped will set a world record for the largest number of people ever to take part in a ceilidh.

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A month of Stand Up To Cancer fund-raising activities on Bute will kick off this weekend with a sponsored ‘gunge bath’ in the centre of Rothesay.

The bath will be located in Montague Street between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, October 4, opposite the town’s Superdrug store and just a few yards from the local shop run by Cancer Research UK, the charity behind the Stand Up To Cancer campaign in the UK.

Shop manager and local Stand Up To Cancer organiser Anna Harrison visited Rothesay Primary on Monday to tell pupils what lay in store during October’s fund-raising efforts - and in particular to ask them to come along to a world record attempt in Guildford Square on Saturday, October 18, when the island will try to set the record for the largest number of people ever to take part in a ceilidh.

In addition to the gunge bath on October 4 and the giant Gay Gordons on October 18, there will also be a sponsored car wash in two different places on Saturday, October 11 - local retained firefighters will be at the town’s Co-operative supermarket, while the island’s Army cadets will be at Ettrick Bay Tearoom - and a Halloween fund-raiser at CRUK’s Rothesay shop on Saturday, October 25.

And on top of all that, Ettrick Bay Tearoom proprietor Alex Gibson will be donating to the cause by nominating a different dessert as a ‘Stand Up Pudding’ each day during the two-week school holiday from October 7 onwards.

All you need to do is add 50p to the usual price of that day’s dessert as a Stand Up To Cancer donation, and Alex will match your donation, meaning an extra £1 will go to Stand Up To Cancer.