Bancar prepares for 10th fundraiser dance

Members of the Bancar fund-raising committee, who are raising money for Friends of Anchor.
Members of the Bancar fund-raising committee, who are raising money for Friends of Anchor.

A North-east hotel is to host its 10th annual fund-raising event for a leading cancer charity.

The Bancar Hotel, Lonmay, is holding a charity dance for Friends of Anchor on February 23. Doors open at 8pm and the event starts at 9pm ‘til late.

This is the tenth year of the Bancar has held such an event and organisers hope to reach an amazing fund-raising total of £100,000.

Married couple Tina and David Gibbins started the fund-raising event started in 2004 and, since then, £88,000 has been raised through numerous events. A committee of five including Tina, Edie Paul, Val Esslemont, Cheryl Stephen and Wendy Del Testa organise the fund-raisers.

Already, people have been getting involved with this year’s dance. Donated auction items include a two-week villa holiday to Florida for a family of ten and jewellery from McDonald Stewart. As well as an auction, there will be music from Aberdeen band 5th Avenue, who have played at all nine of the fund-raising dances held at the Bancar since 2004.

Over the years a huge number of indivuals and companies have donated money and their time to the fund-raising effort, including Davie Forsyth Blacksmiths, Fraserburgh Car Sales, Victoria Coaches, Neilson Buses, Ice of Discos and George Mutch, who has run three marathons to raise funds.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Tina also mentioned a Fraserburgh couple, Mr and Mrs Ross. Tina commented that Mrs Ross saved up £2 from her pension each week and, after a year, donated £120 to the cause.

Over the years the organisers at the Bancar have held various events including race nights, fashion shows, a gentlemen’s dinner, car washes, tribute nights, bingo and more. Two committee members, Cheryl and Wendy, even undertook a sky dive in Dundee to raise money.

However, it is the Bancar Hotel itself which has been the main contributor towards holding the events and providing food for the events.

Commenting, Bancar Hotel proprietor Tina Gibbins said: “This is our 10th year and we would love to raise £100,000 on the night of our dance, but the money can be raised throughout the year.

“We’ve had a lot of donations already. People have been handing in raffle prizes, including a signed Terry Jenkins shirt.

“Preparations have been going really well. We have already sold out of tickets.

“The band always gives 100% and more and we are really looking forward to the event. If anyone wants to help us reach our target please contact us at the hotel.

“Friends of Anchor is a great organisation and because they’re Aberdeen-based, the money stays locally,” Tina added.