A CRIEFF pavement was the unusual venue for a beach party recently.
The square outside the Pretoria Bar was converted into a colourful holiday scene on June 2 to raise funds for Yorkhill Hospital.
The fun day was the second in a series of fundraisers for the Glasgow Hospital for Sick Children, organised by Crieff mum Lisa Gray.
Kind-hearted customers at the Crieff pub already showed their generosity at the beginning of 2011 when they raised £3097.78 for the hospital through a variety of events organised by Lisa in aid of the facility, where her son Martyn was receiving treatment.
The cheery three-year-old was diagnosed with a malformed lung and was undergoing a series of operations to help improve his condition at the time. Tragically, Martyn passed away in April 2011 but mum Lisa is continuing the fundraising in his memory and has been overwhelmed by the continuing support of local businesses.
She said: “A huge thank you to everyone who has given their support. Every shop in Crieff that I asked donated something for the raffle and I have been overwhelmed by the support of local businesses.
“Everything at the beach party has been donated as well, from the burgers for the barbeque to the sand in the children’s sandpit. We’d love to try and beat the amount we raised last year.”
Previous events have included a wax-a-thon, pyjama party, Mr and Mrs competition, and a Tarts and Vicars night with Pret patrons quick to put their hands in their pockets. But at the beach party locals and visitors to Crieff also stopped by to join in the fun raising £828.29 on the day and getting the 2012 fundraising off to a great start.
Lisa tries to ensure that there is an event for everyone to get involved in. Next on the agenda is a Family Fortunes night. For more information join the Pretoria Bar facebook page.