The Mansefield Hotel was the place to be on Saturday night- 209 people attended a fund-raising Dinner for research into Motor Neurone Disease. Guest of honour Lucy Lintott from Garmouth spoke openly and frankly about the diagnosis and prognosis of the illness interspersed with many humorous anecdotes, and good humoured banter with Lydia her mother!
Principal speaker Lesley Thomson, Board Director of the Scottish Rugby Union, gave a well balanced and insightful talk on her role with the SRU and her professional experience within the highest legal circles in Scotland.
The Dinner was expertly chaired by Jim Royan, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Moray and former Grampian Health Board Chairman, who coped splendidly with the disappointment that Doddie Weir and Gary Armstrong were unable to make the Dinner having been caught up in a road traffic accident on the A9 that afternoon.
A video clip from Doddie at the side of the Drumocchter dual carriageway partly made up for their absence.
The fund raising aspect of the Dinner generated over £36,000 for MND research with an auction, superbly well handled by John Angus from Aberdeen Marts, a Raffle, Heads and Tails, and various charitable donations from many organisations from across Moray.
The event itself was organised by Mike Carter, Iain Brown, Michelle Anderson, Kay Jackson and Bob Cunningham.