Mearns livestock hauliers raise over £60k for charity

FAMILY AND staff at a Mearns haulage firm have raised more than GBP60,000 in honour of a key figure from the area. The late Graeme Gauld was the youngest partner of family-run livestock haulage firm Alexander Gauld, of Stonehaven. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August 2018 and received treatment and care in the ANCHOR Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

After his diagnosis, Graeme's family and colleagues decided to raise funds for Friends of ANCHOR - and the incredible support that followed raised GBP61,449.56. The fundraising efforts swung into action at the Angus Show in June this year, with a tombola, lucky squares and 'pull the nail from the bale' game, as well as a silent auction featuring dozens of star prizes. Fundraising at the show was a huge success, surpassing the expectations of Graeme and his family; wife Laura and daughter Isla.

Thousands of pounds were donated in the first 48 hours and that figure quickly rose to tens of thousands, finally ending on an incredible GBP61,449.56. Graeme sadly passed away on July 1 at Roxburghe House, aged 39. Laura Gauld said: "Graeme was truly humbled by all the support we received, and that support gave him a much needed boost in the toughest of days.

A huge testament to how loved and well-respected Graeme was in our community and beyond. The amounts raised from the fundraiser, along with the donations made at Graeme's funeral, came to a phenomenal amount of money. "I am incredibly proud of Graeme, what he achieved in his life, how he dealt his illness right to the end, with bravery and dignity and most of all, how much love he had for Isla and I; a love which extended to our family and his many, many friends.

A truly special man to many, which was never more apparent from the support of the fundraiser, then to who all paid their last respects. What a man. "A massive thank you to all who made it happen, all Graeme's staff, family and friends and to all who donated money, raffles and silent auction items."

Fundraising Executive at Friends of ANCHOR, Erica Banks, said: "We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Graeme's passing. From the moment the team at Alexander Gauld got in touch, it was clear that Graeme was a very special person in the lives of many, many people. "It really was humbling to see the community rally around in such a strong way to show their support.

To have raised such a significant sum of money is testament to what a well-loved character Graeme was. He was certainly a pillar of the local farming community and is dearly missed by many. "Our heartfelt thanks go to all those who helped to raise this total.

Thanks to full charity sponsorship from Balmoral, we can assure everyone who supported the Gauld fundraising efforts that every penny donated will go directly to the cause, helping to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of ANCHOR Unit patients now and in the future."

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