Cancer Whist

We did it!  We reached the target of over £200,000. Well done Kippen residents, we raised net £5,991 at the annual Whist Drive for Cancer Research UK bringing the total to £204,321 raised for this worthy cause since the appeal started in 1966.  Thank you all:  volunteers, players, contributors, business donors, and helpers for supporting the annual appeal and helping to raise such a magnificent sum.   

The Whist was a great night enjoyed by all, with the usual friendly buzz of chat, catching up with gossip and importantly, finding where you should be at the next move!  

There were 39 tables playing Whist, which is pretty much capacity.  The winning lady was Doreen Snadden, winning gent was David Dewer and the young winning players were Charlotte Schmautz and Ruairidh Hunter.    

Kirsty organised tuition at the school on three Friday afternoons for the P7 year in the weeks prior to the Whist, and all twenty of them joined in enthusiastically to learn the skills of the game.  It was wonderful to see so many of them on the night putting their skills to the test in the Village Hall. We need this younger generation to keep on coming!!! 

Kath Coubrough was our President this year, and she gave a very heartfelt and thought-provoking speech at the start of the evening, reminding us that all of us are touched in some way by this disease, whether through personal experience or from watching a relative or friend suffer.  Her duties then ranged from folding raffle tickets, supplying her guests with fine fayre and drawing the raffle, which I think we all agreed was done in record swift time.  So, well done Kath.  

It was great to have Ellen back this year to do the vote of thanks in the absence of husband Mark, who was still deep under the ocean. 

The committee are so delighted that this village tradition is going from strength to strength with more people wanting to join in the fun of the evening – so let’s make 2019 equally successful.    

Naomi Hirst 

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