Friends hand over £30,000 to Dove Centre

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The Friends of Oban Hospice, the fundraising arm of the Oban Hospice movement, held their AGM at the Dove Centre recently.

Chairman Iain MacIntyre handed over a cheque for £30,000 to David Entwhistle, chairman of Oban Hospice Ltd, the governing body for the Dove Centre.

This funding, which contributes to  the running costs of the Dove Centre in Stevenson Street, is the highest annual payment made to date from the Friends, who have raised well in excess of £300,000 for the hospice movement over the past 20 years, with money coming from a variety of sources, events, donations and collection cans.

In his chairman’s report, Iain paid tribute to the generosity of the local community and his hard -working committee who are committed to the success of the Dove Centre as an asset for the area.

It  was stressed that at this time the Dove Centre is wholly funded by the community.

Iain, who was a founder member of the Oban Hospice movement, is standing down as chairman to be replaced by Anne May, another stalwart of the Friends. Also standing down are two further long-term members – Margaret MacLean and Catherine Carswell with both being thanked profusely for their contributions.  Margaret is also a founding member and has served without a break for nigh on 20 years.

The Friends also welcomed new member Rosemary MacColl who is pictured to Iain’s immediate right.

Apologies for absence were received from  Catherine MacKechnie, Lorna Kirkpatrick, David Evans and Marjorie Milton, who continue as members. Shiralene Cave and Karen Campbell were re-elected as secretary and treasurer respectively.

After the AGM much fellowship was enjoyed against a background of an abundance of coffee, tea and cakes.