Claire Gibson, Joanne Lovett and Leigh McGeachy, three barmaids from a traditional country inn in the Renfrewshire village of Houston, have signed up for next month’s Great Scottish Run to raise funds for RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.
Participation in the race – a first for all three – will mark the latest fundraising effort for the RNLI undertaken by the Houston Inn following the £8000 raised two years ago at a special tribute evening in honour of local man and Inn regular Robert Cameron, the tug boat engineer who drowned when his boat, the Flying Phantom, capsized and sank in freezing fog on the River Clyde.
Houston Inn manager Caroline Kinnaird said, “Everyone in Houston knew captain Bob and, as a Houston Inn regular, we decided to honour his memory by doing what we can to raise funds for the RNLI.
“We’ve raised money ever since, but this year Claire, Joanne and Leigh are really going that extra mile by competing in the Great Scottish Run – for the first time! We wish them well in their efforts and am sure that they will receive all the support they need from the village.”
The girls have already received pledges for £250 on their sponsor forms and Ms Kinnaird is confident that this sum will be added to significantly by a range of fundraising activities currently being undertaken by the Houston Inn, including a mini auction with a host of prizes on offer and a Guess The Time competition with a special prize for those who get closest to guessing the time that the girls complete the race.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, Scotland’s largest mass participation sporting event, takes place on Sunday 5th September in Glasgow. Last year runners raised in excess of £1.5m for charities and good causes across the UK and world-wide.
For more information about The Houston Inn log onto www.houston-inn.co.uk
For further information please contact Caroline Kinnaird tel 01505 614315
Issued on behalf of The Houston Inn by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018 www.liquorice-media.com
Date 31st August 10