Shinty Memories receives boost from charity golf championship

Winners of the Craigie Hill charity golf tournament with the trophy and John MacKenzie MBE (far left) along with David MacMaster (far right).

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Shinty Memories Scotland received a major boost on Saturday at the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final.

The national group was presented with a cheque for £7,500 as part of the proceeds raised at a special charity day organised at Craigie Hill Golf Club in August.

Other charities receiving support from the day are Kidney Research, Pancreatic Cancer and Alzheimer’s Scotland.

The Shinty Memories cheque was presented by former Kilmallie and Fort William shinty player Hugh MacMaster, who is involved with the organisation of the annual fundraiser at Craigie Hill.

Twelve shinty playing teams took part in the golf tournament in an overall entry of
27 teams and £11,255 was raised in total.

The winning team was Kilmallie, made up of former footballer and shinty player Donald Park, Kenny Gillespie from Fort William, Andy Armstrong and David MacKay, captain.

Hugh MacMaster said: ‘We are very proud of the work we do raising money for charities at Craigie Hill and we are grateful to all the businesses and individuals who
regularly make it such a success.

‘We decided to make the biggest contribution to Shinty Memories Scotland which is doing some outstanding work in a very challenging area.’

The new support for Shinty Memories Scotland will be accepted by chairman David
MacMaster of Caberfeidh and John Mackenzie MBE, the Camanachd Association Chieftain who is also Shinty Memories Ambassador.

Speaking ahead of the presentation, Mr MacMaster said: ‘In common with all other areas of shinty and its communities far and wide, the last 18 months have been challenging for Shinty memories Scotland.

‘Our activities have been curtailed and realigned significantly to meet the new challenges we have faced and this has placed a great strain on the groups and our national resources.

‘However, as we emerge from the bewildering restrictions we have all faced, it remains our intention to grow and expand the network of groups currently in place under the umbrella of Shinty Memories Scotland.

‘We are extremely grateful to Hughie MacMaster for the work he did in organising the event, to all the players who joined in and the businesses and others who helped provide prizes and support.

‘We will now take time to deliberate on how to use this financial support as we emerge from Covid-19.’

Shinty Memories Scotland is also considering how to make the golf championship an annual event using the specially commissioned new championship trophy, which was made by Roddie MacLennan of Aird Artisans, Inverness.

Shinty Memories Scotland support a network of local groups using the sport’s archives and other resources to help people with dementia and living with other issues such as depression and loneliness.

Tulloch Homes, current sponsors of the Camanachd Cup, were hugely supportive of the
setting up of Shinty Memories Groups initially and have enabled the organisation to
establish solid foundations to move forward.

John Mackenzie added: ‘There can be few clubs or families who are not aware of people
who living with the challenges of mental health issues such as dementia.

‘Shinty Memories Groups are now building sets of resources to be used to help people improve their recall, communication skills, self-esteem and confidence.

‘If anyone would like to know more about setting up, joining or helping
with Shinty Memory Groups, make a donation to help with costs or can help supply
materials for the memory boxes, we would be delighted to hear about it.’