Rosehearty family to hold third event to fight MND

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

A Rosehearty family will hold their third annual event to help fight Motor Neurone Disease after losing their wife and mother to the illness.

The Hastie family - father George and brothers Doug, Philip and Martin - will host the charity golf outing at Inverallochy Golf Club in memory of their mother Joan.

Joan Hastie lost her battle with the disease in 2013.

The family hope to reach the total of £50,000 over the three years after raising £36,500 in the first two outings.

Doug Hastie said: “This is our third year at Inverallochy and we raised £36,500 over two years and we’re hoping to raise in the range of £50,000 by this year.”

Fifty teams will compete in the charity event on September 10 with prizes ranging from a four night stay in a Marbella villa courtesy of Marbella Golf Tours and a weeks hire of a Range Rover and an Audi TT.

Doug Hastie said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity in sponsorship, in donations and in prizes.”

He added: “It’s been such a successful event these last two years, we put out the team sheet in march and it filled up in three weeks.”

The success of the first two events in raising money to fight MND has led the family to make the popular charity outing an annual event.

Craig Stockton, Chairman of Motor Neurone Disease Scotland will attend the Inverallochy event and give a talk on the illness.

Speaking to the Herald after last year’s event Mr Stockton explained just how important the work the Hastie family were doing in terms of fighting the disease.

He said: “I would like to acknowledge the amount of work the Hastie family has been doing which is over and above.

“It’s not just the money that has been raised, it’s the awareness that comes with it.”

Mr Stockton added: “The more awareness the more help we can give.

“£35,000 over two years is a fantastic amount of money and it reflects the amount of hard work they have done.”