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Nairn Ceilidh Band set for double-charity fundraiser event with support for Nairn County and Beach Wheelchairs appeal

By Federica Stefani

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The ceilidh will give a boost to the group that has been working to make Nairn Beach more accessible.
The ceilidh will give a boost to the group that has been working to make Nairn Beach more accessible.

Fans of North of Scotland Cup winners Nairn County Football Club are teaming up with a local charity to support their efforts to provide wheelchairs which will enable the elderly and people with disabilities to access the town’s famous beaches.

A ceilidh has been organised at Nairn Community and Arts Centre on Friday, January 19, with proceeds to be divided between a fundraising project by supporters of the club and Nairn Beach Wheelchairs Group.

County, who have just completed a fairytale cup run beating strong X1s from championship side Inverness Caley Thistle and SPL side Ross County to win the North Cup for the eighth time, are raising funds to further enhance Station Park, with plans to instal new floodlights by next season.

A second Ground Improvement Fund (GIF) was launched in May after a seven-year campaign by the dedicated supporters raised nearly £100,000 to help fund the refurbishment of the main stand and the building of a new enclosure and toilets.

So far fans have raised more than £15,000 for and the Nairn Beach Wheelchairs Group fund raising is gathering pace, with the hope the wheelchairs will be available for use next summer.

Mark Kelman, Nairn County chairman, said: “As a club we want to do as much as we can for the community of Nairn.

“It’s great to be the beneficiaries of another great fundraising event in the town especially alongside a fantastic local project like the Nairn Beach Wheelchairs.

“The support shown by our fans through the creation of their GIF has been amazing and here’s to another successful evening.”

Amelia Williamson, chair of Nairn Beach Wheelchairs said: “We are delighted to be the beneficiary of this ceilidh in January. We are overwhelmed with the support for our project so it’s great to be involved in an event alongside Nairn County FC.

“Here’s to a great night and and a great start to 2024.”

Ceilidh organiser Donald Wilson said: “I had planned a ceilidh for the GIF in January and the Wheelchairs Group has been working hard with their own campaign – it just made sense to combine the two.

“Hopefully we can pack out the community centre and two very worthwhile local causes will get some help to achieve their goals.”

The event will be hosted by Donald and STV’s Nicola McAlley.

Entertainment will be provided by The Reel Easy Ceilidh Band, Nairn Pipe Band, Nairn Speldings and others.

Tickets £10 are available soon and can be booked at the Nairn Community and Arts Centre at www.nairncc.co.uk

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