Portlethen pub set to host charity race night

THE Leathan Arms in Portlethen are hosting a race night in aid of Help for Heroes on Friday. Pictured is director of the pub John Buchan (left) and Bob Pickup.
THE Leathan Arms in Portlethen are hosting a race night in aid of Help for Heroes on Friday. Pictured is director of the pub John Buchan (left) and Bob Pickup.
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A Portlethen pub is urging locals to come out and show their support for a charity race night this week.

The Leathan Arms is hosting the event, which takes place this Friday (January 21), in aid of Help for Heroes after one of its customers started fundraising for the charity. The action kicks off at 8pm and will feature a raffle as well as the race night.

It is a cause close to Leathan Arms regular Bob Pickup’s heart as he spent 22 years in the armed forces.

He said: “When the Help for Heroes campaign started some years ago I always thought it was very worthwhile. I was in the armed forces for 22 years so I felt an affinity with these people and I became concerned with some of the stories I was reading.

“I became very keen on the charity and started some weeks ago now subscribing to the charity myself by buying the wrist bands but wanted to do just that little bit more.

“I approached John and Scott and asked if I could put collection boxes on the bar - it was these guys who then came to me and said why don’t we take it a stage further and arrange something. The race night was suggested and I think it is an excellent idea, not only for fundraising which is what it is all about, but also for increasing the profile of the campaign for Help for Heroes.”

The pub has already been doing a roaring trade in the charity’s wrist bands, raising over £200 so far and director John Buchan is hopeful that the event on Friday night will draw a big crowd.

He said: “A lot of the customers have been dropping by with things for the raffle which both myself and Bob are very grateful for, and we’re hoping for a good night, a big night on Friday.”

Help for Heroes was launched in 2007 and has raised more than £80m to date to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country.