Clean Sweep for PC Aynslie

Back: Store Manager Stewart Smith, PC Aynslie Wallace; Front: Mearns Court Events Organiser Lorraine Hepburn and residents Jean Low and Margaret Milne.
Back: Store Manager Stewart Smith, PC Aynslie Wallace; Front: Mearns Court Events Organiser Lorraine Hepburn and residents Jean Low and Margaret Milne.

A young probationer officer made a clean sweep in Laurencekirk on Tuesday when he took part in a trolley dash in aid of local pensioners.

The local Scotmid store held a raffle to win a trolley dash where the lucky winner had two minutes to run round the store filling their trolley with up to £250 of goodies.

Back: Store manager Stewart Smith and PC Aynslie Wallace, Front: Margaret Milne and Jean Low.

Back: Store manager Stewart Smith and PC Aynslie Wallace, Front: Margaret Milne and Jean Low.

However, the winner decided not to claim the prize themselves, but instead asked that the prize be donated to local elderly residents in Mearns Court.

23 year-old PC Aynslie Wallace stepped in and volunteered to do the trolley dash on their behalf.

Mearns Court resident Margaret Milne said that the residents would like to thank the anonymous raffle winner who donated their prize.

She said: “We would like to say thank you very much to that person, they was obviously a very big-hearted person to do that. It was very kind of them.”

Speaking before the event PC Wallace said: “The Regional Business Manager for Scot-Mid, Stephen Ferguson, approached our policing team for a volunteer to do the running and grabbing.

“It sounded like fun and the results of the trolley dash will help older members of the community so I was pleased to be able to volunteer.

“As a probationer I have to maintain my fitness levels and I have to pass fitness tests at various points. I’m hoping that my officer fitness training will stand me in good stead to race around the aisles in the limited time period and fill the trolley.”

Stewart Smith, Manager of the Scotmid store, said: “This has been a fantastic, fun, in-store event which our shoppers and staff really enjoyed watching.

“PC Wallace was so enthusiastic, collecting a tremendous volume of goodies during the dash. We are delighted to see a local community group benefit.”