Published: 16/10/2017 08:55 - Updated: 09/10/2017 16:45

Charity drive gets backing it can bank on

Bag pack FORRES Mechanics Youth Development has new support for its fundraising drive.

The coaches are looking to buy mobile lighting so that the three youth teams can train outside during the winter months.

TSB Forres has adopted the Cans’ youngsters as a main beneficiary of its charity drive for the year.

TSB manager, Jackie Douglas, welcomed the involvement which started last week with an exercise bike ‘Guess the Mileage’ competition in the bank.

She said: "Forres Mechanics Youth Development is at the heart of our local community and it’s fantastic to be able to raise vital funds for them for some much needed oodlights."

The TSB joins Tesco Forres, a stalwart supporter and sponsor for a number of years, which was the venue for a recent bag-packing and activities day raising over £1000. Amongst the happy customers were Mrs Carol Bowie, who won £50 on the Football Square competition, and Rhian Jappy who won a Mechanics top signed by the first team. Rhian was a particularly worthy winner being a current midfielder for Moray Girls

Under-15s and a Performance Squad player.

Forres has no oodlit or all-weather facility and attempts to access provision at Kinloss have not been successful. As a result in recent years, the youngsters have been forced to travel to Nairn for winter training. Quality oodlights, required for health and safety, are expensive. They also need appropriate storage space.

Head of youth development, Charlie Brown, said the support from TSB will go a long way towards the required figure of £22,000.

He added: "We really appreciate this new support. Local businesses and individuals have been fantastic over the years, ensuring that we can purchase clothing and equipment and provide transport to keep our teams going. Our parents are always tremendously supportive – assisting at fundraising events and activities. One even made a personal donation of £400. Absolutely amazing!"

The club is also making progress in acquiring a storage facility for the lights and other training equipment.

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