Feb 23 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Yorkhill charity boxing night is a success
A CHARITY boxing night in aid of the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation has raised more than £11,000.
The Tudor Hotel in Airdrie played host to Friday evening’s event, which was organised by Masonic Lodge Old Monkland St James 177.
A sell-out crowd of over 260 was treated to a slap-up meal followed by 12 keenly-contested fights put together by Four Isles Boxing Club boss Jimmy Robertson.
An auction also boosted funds with accomodation in Dublin and four tickets for Scotland’s Six Nations rugby match with Ireland going for £1000.
The annual fundraiser is held in memory of young David Reid who sadly died at Yorkhill after a year-long battle with cancer.
Over £35,000 had already been raised before Friday night’s gathering thanks to the generosity of Monklands’ people and businesses.
Darroch Insulation Services Ltd kindly sponsored the event again with Rangers legend Andy ‘The Goalie’ Goram among the guests.
Yorkhill’s Clown Doctors, Dr Sprout and Dr Squeegie, entertained the audience with their antics as an enjoyable evening was had by all.
Welcoming the crowd, Bro William Buchanan RWM said: “This sell-out event is testament to the sterling work of the dedicated committee.
“Worshipful Senior Warden Allan Logan, Past Master Charles Clark and event organiser Lillian Paterson have devoted their time and effort to ensuring the continued success of this event.
“Over the last three boxing events, we have donated over £35,000 to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, a charity which is close to the hearts of the brethren of Lodge Old Monkland St James No 177.
“Last year’s donation funded the Hearts & Minds Clown Doctors, a team of professional performers who visit the hospital, bringing sick children fun and laughter through improvisation, music, puppetry, storytelling and dance.”
He added: “I would like to thank Jimmy and the members of the Four Isles club for their continued support.
“And we’re absolutely delighted with the service received from the Tudor Hotel with everyone contributing to a fantastic night.”