Rothesay pub patrons give Spirit Aid a boost

Tommy Walmsley from the Golfers Bar with Spirit Aid fund-raiser and former Rothesay resident John Gilmour.
Tommy Walmsley from the Golfers Bar with Spirit Aid fund-raiser and former Rothesay resident John Gilmour.

Customers of the Golfers Bar in Rothesay have helped to swell the coffers of the Spirit Aid charity through a raffle of a signed Rangers football.

The raffle was organised by former Rothesay resident John Gilmour, who now lives in Largs.

John was a prime mover behind the organising of an annual Spirit Aid comedy night in Rothesay, having supported the charity for many years, and though he’s no longer living on Bute, decided to give the island the chance to win the prize and give the charity its backing at the same time.

The raffle was run at the Golfers Bar in the run up to last month’s Petrofac Training Cup final at Hampden - to which the Golfers ran a supporters’ bus - and was won by Donald Harrison, raising £292 for Spirit Aid in the process.

John returned to his former home town this week to accept the Spirit Aid donation from Golfers Bar landlord Tommy Walmsley.

A fund-raiser for a signed Celtic ball is also being organised by a youth group in Irvine, where John and his family lived before their move to Bute; the proceeds from that will be split between Spirit Aid and the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

And as if signed balls from both halves of the Old Firm in support of Spirit Aid wasn’t enough, John also presented a cheque for £50 to the Teamwork Trust - a charity in which Bute couple Stuart and Hazel McKale are heavily involved - raised from a raffle for an SFA football signed by national team manager Gordon Strachan.