Rothesay pub quiz boosts campaign funds

The coffers of the Bute Kidney Dialysis Unit campaign have been boosted with a cheque for �500 thanks to Teddy Macintyre's Christmas Quiz at Mac's Bar in December.
The coffers of the Bute Kidney Dialysis Unit campaign have been boosted with a cheque for �500 thanks to Teddy Macintyre's Christmas Quiz at Mac's Bar in December.

An annual Christmas quiz held in Rothesay has helped raise £500 for Bute’s dialysis campaign.

Big Teddy’s annual Christmas Quiz, held at Mac’s Bar in December, is held annually in aid of a charity, and this year’s recipient is the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group’s campaign to bring a dialysis unit to the island.

If established on Bute, the unit would save patients from having to make three trips a week to the mainland for the life-saving treatment.

Robert Macintyre, aka Teddy, has held the quiz for a number of years now, supported by George and Katie Ross of Mac’s Bar, and they and the pub’s patrons were delighted to present Sharon Cole of the dialysis campaign with a cheque for £500 on Wednesday.

Proceeds from the quiz were further boosted by the pub’s charity bottle which collects loose change over the course of the year.

The dialysis unit campaign, which has been running for over a year now, is beginning to pick up speed. The success of a pilot scheme in Cambeltown was behind the inspiration to bring a similar unit to the island.

A scoping exercise was carried out earlier this year to ascertain the unit’s feasibility, and representatives from Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership met with the team at BKPSG last month to continue discussions.

If you’d like to find out more about the campaign, or are keen to get involved in fund-raising, you can visit the support group’s website at www.butekidney.co.uk.