Moray MP hands over cash to pensioners

Moray MP Douglas Ross handed over nearly £200 to a local pensioners group in Forres this week.

Mr Ross and his team set up a stall outside the constituency office on Forres High Street during the Toun Mercat last month to raise the cash.

Commenting Douglas said: “We had a really fantastic evening at the Toun Mercat and I would like to thank not just everyone that helped us raise the money by visiting our stall, but also the organisers of the event, for all their hard work which makes it a popular event. I’m delighted that we were able to raise this money for such a good cause.”

As well as selling lucky squares to win a bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by Speaker John Bercow, Douglas and the team ran a human fruit machine, which was hilarious fun as people lined up for the chance to score a win by having three identical pieces of fruit pulled from a cardboard box simultaneously by three different people. Lucky winners got to pick a prize and all the money raised went towards the Forres OAP group.

Douglas said: “I was very pleased to be able to hand over the £194 we raised to the Forres OAP group. I understand that by the time they have paid hall rental and expenses that there is little left in the kitty for paid entertainment, so this money will go towards paying for that and I hope they have some enjoyable afternoons.

Moira Tulloch who is President of the Forres OAPs group which meets every Wednesday afternoon at Forres Town Hall said she was delighted with the money.

Commenting she said: “This is a very welcome boost to our funds. We always try and organise something for the group every week, whether it be a talk or bingo, because it is quite expensive to get entertainment to come to the hall, so this money will go towards that. We are very grateful to Douglas for thinking of us.”