Centre to hold charity ball

The Christmas Charity Ball which will take place at Brechin Leisure Centre on Saturday, December 13, will consist of Blacktie and Ballgown Dance, buffet with live band.

This is the third fund-raising ball and over the last seven years Brechin Leisure staff have raised over £15,000 with various different events.

This year money raised at the event will be donated to The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association. This worthy cause came to the Centre’s attention earlier this year when a long standing member, Mr Peter Forbes, along with a friend, Mr Chris Kennedy, cycled up Mont Ventoux in France - one of the most iconic stages of the Tour De France. They ascended Ventoux not once but three times, climbing 15,000 feet (equivalent to half-way up Everest) in the process.

They were dedicating all their efforts for a truly amazing and inspiring young man, Shaun Falconer.

Shaun, a family member of Peter’s, endured cystic fibrosis (a crippling lung condition). Late last year Shaun underwent a double lung transplant and he was making good progress when complications set in and on May 18, this year, at the age of 30, Shaun passed away at hospital in Newcastle on Tyne.

Brechin Leisure Centre want to assist Peter in increasing funds already raised for The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association (FHLTA) in Newcastle where Shaun was looked after and cared for. The charity supports the dedicated team of nurses, doctors, surgeons and consultants who do their incredible work.

This work is not only medically highly skilled but the team also make sure that all patients in their care, including their families, are treated with exceptional care, compassion and dignity. The FHLTA funds the extras that enable them to provide this care to an amazingly high level.

The Leisure Centre would welcome donations for the raffle to take place in conjunction with the appeal.