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Forres Men's Shed raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support


By Staff Reporter

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Forres Men’s Shed members (from left) Tony Hartley, Geoffrey Wilcock, Les Wilkinson, Davy Bell and Bill Valentine handling over a cheque to Forres McMillan Cancer Support treasurer Irene Manson and member Elspeth McKenzie.
Forres Men’s Shed members (from left) Tony Hartley, Geoffrey Wilcock, Les Wilkinson, Davy Bell and Bill Valentine handling over a cheque to Forres McMillan Cancer Support treasurer Irene Manson and member Elspeth McKenzie.

A GROUP of craftsmen have made two generous donations to charity.

Forres Men’s Shed (FMS) handed over a cheque for £104 they raised via proceeds from a raffle of a garden bench they made to Forres Macmillan Cancer Support.

Shedder David Parker confirmed most of the raffle tickets were sold at the group's pop-up shop in Forres Tesco.

He said: "All items for sale at the pop-up shop were made by Forres Men’s Shed and raised money for more materials and tools.

"The raffled bench was made from recycled materials we got from Moray Waste Busters. The frames at each end were painted first and left to dry overnight. Next was making the slates which were bolted in position between frames. The entire task took around eight hours."

Men's sheds are non-profit organisations that provide space for craftwork and social interaction. The movement originated in Australia as a way to improve the health and wellbeing of older men. They can now be found all over the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Finland, New Zealand and Greece.

Forres Men’s Shed has 30 members, half of whom are currently working on items such as items for the garden, including bird tables and feeders, to sell at Forres Theme Day on May 3 in Grant Park.

"Forres Men’s Shed is open five days-a-week from 10am-1pm," added David. "We are looking for new members to boost our skill base and offer the opportunity to join in our activities."

Call 07591 962481 for more information.

The Men's Shed-made bench that was raffled off at Forres Tesco.
The Men's Shed-made bench that was raffled off at Forres Tesco.


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