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King of swing, Robert MacIntyre, has teamed up with Martyn’s Monday Club and agreed to become an ambassador for the Oban-based mental health charity.
The 2019 European Tour Rookie of the Year winner was present on Monday to accept a cheque, on behalf of the club, for £15,067.25p raised by Robert Cruikshanks, father of Oban man Martyn who took his own life in May 2018.
Sales from amateur photographer Robert’s second Ootmahoosewindae wildlife calendar went through the roof, with the money raised going towards the rental of a new premises for the support group which is fast outgrowing its current base at Hope Kitchen.
‘We set a target of £15,000 and to be honest, although it was me who set the target, I thought it was a bit ambitious,’ admitted Robert Cruikshanks.
‘I’m absolutely blown away by the kindness and support of the Oban community and further afield.
‘Robert (MacIntyre) has always supported us and I am delighted that he has come on board officially as an ambassador.’
The local golf ace is currently grounded due to sanctions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus and is making the most of his time at home.
‘I’m at the point in my career that I can help Martyn’s Monday Club by promoting it and getting the word out there,’ he told us.
‘I know people who struggle with mental health issues both within my personal circle and on the tour.
‘A lot of people still find it hard to speak about these issues so to have a group like Martyn’s, which is totally confidential, to turn to is essential.
‘My involvement will let the guys who run the group and know what they are doing do what they do best, and I will help out on the promotional side and try to get more funds.’
Des MacMillan of Martyn’s Monday Club said of the fundraising success: ‘Because of the new premises this is massive, this is rent for two years.
‘Without charity funding we wouldn’t survive and Robert has almost single-handedly raised this massive amount. The effort he has put in has been amazing, travelling from Glasgow to Inverness to sell these calendars.
‘Every single masonic lodge in the highlands and islands has supported us by buying the calendars while local shops and businesses have also stocked them.
‘We thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing achievement, the support has been overwhelming.’
Ootmahoosewindae 2020 was also supported by award-winning photographers Ally Marsh, Chas Moonie, Rab Graham and Jamie MacArthur.
Fundraising for Martyn’s Monday Club is ongoing, anyone wishing to donate can contact the group through their Facebook page.