Rotary golf day helps bus

A MAJOR golf event held by Stonehaven Rotary Club to help cover the running costs of a special school’s new state-of-the-art pupil bus, raised “in excess” of £4000, it emerged this week.

Carronhill School head teacher Mrs Lesley Hawksfield said the cash-raising effort by the club was “absolutely fantastic.”

The Friends of Carronhill secured funding from a number of sources for the new purpose-built vehicle, including £6000 from the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Community Fund and the hope now is that the bus will be delivered some time over the school summer holidays.

Mrs Hawksfield has underlined that after achieving the £42,000 target for the purchase of the vehicle it was vital to build up a contingency fund to cover running costs and other expenditure associated with the operation of the bus. These include the training costs for some members of staff to qualify them to drive the vehicle.

The town’s rotary club mounted the open event at Stonehaven Golf Club on June 1, specifically aimed at helping with the whole range of vehicle operational costs facing the school, including the high price of diesel fuel.

The outdoor fund-raiser was a team Stableford competition for men and women, open to anyone who wanted to participate and on the day, 23 teams of four took part.

One of the event’s organisers, club past President Denis Daun said: “The event was an undoubted success and we have raised in excess of £4000. We are very grateful to all those who took part and also to those who provided sponsorship and donated prizes. We will hand over a cheque to Carronhill in the near future.”

The new bus will bring hitherto unheard of benefits for Carronhill and will have two permanent wheelchair spaces and room for 13 other passengers. It will also have purpose-built hoist provision with a floor strong enough to take electronically powered wheelchairs.

Mrs Hawksfield said: “The more we can do to get pupils out into the community the better and having a bus of this standard will be so fulfilling for parents and children alike.”