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Glenurquhart Shinty Club provides Drumnadrochit care centre with big cash boost

By Alasdair Fraser

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Glenurquhart Shinty club presents donation to Glenurquhart Care Cemtre
Glenurquhart Shinty club presents donation to Glenurquhart Care Cemtre

A Loch Ness-side shinty club has provided a community-owned charity with a funding boost on the eve of its return to training.

Glenurquhart, preparing for an eagerly-anticipated resumption of competitive action, chose the occasion to hand over a £1030 cheque to the Glenurquhart Centre in Drumnadrochit, with proceeds from a long-running Christmas raffle being split between the cause and club funds.

The local care centre provides day care to residents throughout the Aird district.

For former Glen first team manager and present women’s team coach Billy Maclean, the gesture underlined the strong links between club and community.

Mr Maclean said: “With the generous help of many local businesses, we have been running this raffle annually for a number of years.

“Originally, the draw was held annually in the Loch Ness Inn and then the local hall, but this year we planned a socially-distanced draw down here at our Blairbeg ground.

“Then, along came lockdown and we had to put the handover on hold until we were allowed back to training.”

Diane Norris, convenor of the Glenurquhart Care Project, the umbrella body overseeing the centre’s running, said: “We are grateful to

the club and the local business

community for their efforts on our behalf.

“Like many charities throughout the country, Covid has put a big dent in our finances and many of our normal fundraising activities have been badly affected.

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“Despite the pandemic and the fact that some of our services have been restricted by it, we are still in the business of providing help for the vulnerable in our community in many ways.

“The whole nature of our work has widened out and, of course, we are grateful for any financial help we can get.”

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