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Foulis Castle lunch helps raise almost £5000 for Red Cross


By Hector MacKenzie

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Clan Chief Hector Munro said his father Captain Patrick Munro was eternally grateful for Red Cross support.
Clan Chief Hector Munro said his father Captain Patrick Munro was eternally grateful for Red Cross support.

A FUNDRAISING lunch at Foulis Castle has boosted an emergency relief charity to the tune of almost £5000.

The Easter Ross castle was once again the venue for a successful British Red Cross lunch at which patron and former Lord Lieutenant Janet Bowen welcomed the guests and introduced clan chief Hector Munro who gave a talk on the history of the clan.

He reminded those present of his family’s strong connection with the Red Cross, telling the guests of his father Captain Patrick Munro’s eternal gratitude to the charity during the Second World War when as a POW he survived, owing his life to the thankful arrival of Red Cross food parcels.

This year guests enjoyed a marvellous buffet prepared by local caterer Mrs Louisa MacLean from Mountrich, a former volunteer and first-aider with the Strathpeffer Red Cross herself.

Guest speaker was Beth Hay, a long-time Red Cross volunteer from Aviemore. The highly respected humanitarian received an MBE from the Queen for her work with babies in Africa affected by Aids, and her Red Cross work in Scotland.

Red Cross parcels proved a lifeline to many in war-time. The charity continues to provide humanitarian support around the world.
Red Cross parcels proved a lifeline to many in war-time. The charity continues to provide humanitarian support around the world.

President Romay Williams thanked all for their generosity towards the Red Cross in making the day so enjoyable. She also brought to attention the kindness of the Munro family, in particular Finnian and his wife Omha, for opening their home once again to the charity. She said the gesture would have delighted Finnian’s grandmother, Eleanor (Timmy) Munro MBE, who had hosted, first daffodil teas then later ladies’ lunches for the charity.

The event raised £4867 which will go towards the British Red Cross Disaster Fund which helps support the humanitarian response to disasters like the devastating flooding in Northern England and the Midlands, to which the British Red Cross have recently pledged £50,000 to support those affected.

For information on opportunities to volunteer with the British Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved. For information on Red Cross services and fundraising opportunities contact Alison Munro-White, senior community fundraiser on 07786311325 or by email AMunroWhite@redcross.org.uk.


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