Broch family set to host golf fund-raiser for MND

George Hastie with his sons at Inverallochy Golf Course.
George Hastie with his sons at Inverallochy Golf Course.

A Fraserburgh family is set to host a fund-raising golf event in aid of Motor Neurone Disease following the death of their wife and mother from the disease last year.

Local woman Joan Hastie lost her battle with Motor Neurone Disease last December having been diagnosed with MND last August.

To raise funds in her memory, Joan’s husband, George, and their three sons - Douglas, Martin and Philip - are holding a golf event at Inverallochy Golf Course this Saturday.

George and Martin live in Rosehearty, while Doug and Philip stay in Fraserburgh, but all play at Inverallochy Golf Club.

This Saturday’s event is scheduled to run from 7am to 3pm, with teams of four leaving at 10-minute intervals.

With only days to go until the event, an incredible total of 192 people, consisting of 48 teams of four, are registered to take part.

As well as the main golf event itself, non-golfers can also come along to the silent auction, which closes at 8pm and which will be on-screen at Inverallochy Golf Course.

The family has secured 49 business sponsors, each of whom will feature on a stand which will list all the firms.

There will be fantastic raffle prizes on offer at the event including a first prize of a digital camera worth £250.

And, on the 16th hole, there is the chance to win a car valued at £10,000 if a player gets a hole in one. The car has been donated by Regency Vauxhall in Buckie and the family would like to thank Sales Manager Brian Slater for the very generous donation.

In addition to the golf fund-raiser, Douglas, Martin and Philip’s cousin, Mark Cruden, is due to take part in a half-marathon in Glasgow on October 5 in aid of MND Scotland. If you would like to support Mark’s fund-raising efforts you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page.

Motor Neurone Disease is an extremely debilitating condition which leads to sufferers losing strength in their muscles, choking, loss of speech and dramatic weight loss.

There is no known cure for the condition but George and his family hope to raise funds for research to help bring about a cure for the disease.

Commenting, George said: “The generosity of companies has been overwhelming, it’s been really quite heart-warming for everybody concerned.

“The amount of people who have donated has been incredible. There was even one woman who came and knocked on my window to hand in a donation.

“We’re feeling very apprehensive but it will be a good day, regardless of the weather.”

Doug commented: “The family have been completely overwhelmed by the support and generosity of friends and businesses, both locally and some nationally, and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the event so far.

“The profile of Motor Neurone Disease has been significantly increased over the past few weeks due to the Ice Bucket Challenge and the Chief Executive of MND Scotland, Craig Stockton, will be in attendance on the day.”