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TROUBLED OUTDOOR PURSUITS and education charity Outfit Moray are heading into the Festive break cheered by public reaction to their plight – but still concerned over the future.
Earlier this month it was revealed that the highly regarded charity, which provides an outlet for young people and builds their confidence to tackle the many challenges they face, had hit serious financial problems.
These will see the Lossiemouth-based charity closing down in the new year unless they can raise around £50,000 to remain in operation.
Ahead of closing for the holiday this week until January 8, the charity thanked those who had rallied to their aid – raising around £15,000 in just a few weeks through a variety of events and individual donations.
CEO Tony Brown said: “We have been completely blown away with the way the local community has got behind us!
“Recent fundraising has helped us take a very positive step forward, with the abseil bringing in over £4300 and the Ceilidh over £800. Claire and David Alldritt and Rhys Griffiths raised well over £2000 for their mad 10k challenge at the end of November – and the amazing Santa’s Tandemistas raised another £2000 with their incredible tandem sprint earlier this month.
“As well as this, we were successful in the Tesco Bags for Life vote for £4330 and the recent TSI Moray #YouChoose2 vote, for which we will receive £2400 – plus, our online donation page through BT MyDonate stands at £2500.
“Whilst these are fantastic amounts, they are still a long way from the £50,000 funding shortfall we have identified, so we will be hitting the ground running in January and looking at different ways to raise money.
“So if you have any ideas, please do get in touch – any Burn’s Suppers planned perhaps?
“It has been a very busy and productive year for Outfit Moray and we are very much looking forward to more of the same next year!
“We would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Donations can be made via the Outfit Moray Charity Donation page while anyone with fundraising ideas or wishing to discuss sponsorship should contact Tony Brown via Email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01343 549571.