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Generous residents of Ayrshire town dig deep for special fundraiser

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Residents in the heart of an Ayrshire town have come together to help replenish the coffers of Ayr hospital.

Residents of Maybole launched a fundraising appeal with relish and inundated the organizers of a grand raffle with prizes.

TVs, laptops, food processors, breadmakers and £ 100 vouchers have all made their way steadily to the group’s headquarters at School Vennel, where Libby’s Handbags and Rytech Repairs are holding the raffle later this month- this.

And proceeds from the raffle go to the Ayr Hospital endowment fund.

It is hoped that the raffle on Tuesday August 31st will raise up to £ 1,500.

And a mother of three has a poignant reason to get involved in fundraising.



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Mary Caldwell, who lives in Maybole, lost her husband Ernie in April, following a courageous battle with cancer in hospital.

She wants to help raise money for the hospital as a personal thank you for the way the staff took care of Ernie.



Pictured is Mary's late husband Ernie Caldwell, who fought a brave battle with cancer at Ayr Hospital
Pictured is Mary’s late husband Ernie Caldwell, who fought a brave battle with cancer at Ayr Hospital

Ernie would have turned 60 on August 31, so raffle day will be emotional for the entire Caldwell family.

Initially, Libby’s Handbags, Rytech Repairs and Mary came together to plan different fundraising strategies.

But it snowballed and the organizers decided to raise funds for the Ayr hospital.

Now staff from Libby’s Handbags and Rytech Repairs are leading the fundraiser, with support from Mary as well.

Mary, 59, said: “We now have 207 awards donated and we plan to donate money to the Ayr Hospital Cancer Unit Endowment Fund.

“Considering the current situation with COVID, I think it’s great that people have come together like this to help us.

“It is absolutely amazing and I cannot thank the people of Maybole enough for their generosity and support.

“The draw takes place at noon on Tuesday August 31 – that would have been my husband Ernie’s 60th birthday.

“Ernie received treatment at Ayr Hospital and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago.

“But the staff were absolutely fantastic to him. They treated him with the utmost respect and were amazing.

“My husband wouldn’t let his illness bring him down. He was positive until the morning of his death.

“And when he was diagnosed, the first thing he said was ‘this is what it is’.”

The draw takes place at Libby’s Handbags and Rytech Repairs, 6/8 School Vennel, Maybole, and there are tons of amazing prizes to be won.

Mary, who has three sons, said: “A few days after we decided to have the raffle, I got a note through my door telling me to wait for a delivery of Currys for a 32 inch TV, in memory of Ernie.

“We also have a laptop, food processor, bread maker, £ 100 tattoo voucher, M&S vouchers and, at the moment, we have 207 prizes with another couple to come.”

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, they are on sale at Libby’s Handbags and Rytech Repairs, Maybole. You can also message their Facebook pages.

You can also buy them from The Cutting Room, Hairdressers in Maybole High Street, and SAS International, where Eric worked for almost 30 years.

Mary added, “I was totally overwhelmed and delighted with the support from the people.

“I’ve done lots of raffles in Maybole, but nothing quite as big as this one. It’s a great legacy for my husband, that’s for sure.

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