A gleaming display of classic cars has delivered a huge £10,000 cash boost for charities across Moray.
Hundreds of enthusiasts packed the picturesque grounds of Brodie Castle last month for the Historic Wheels Club’s 42nd annual rally.
Now it has been revealed that eight causes spread throughout the region will benefit from the cash raised on the day.
Yesterday representatives gathered at the Moray Motor Museum in Elgin to receive their share of the donations gathered.
Rally coordinator, Ken Wood, said: “We sit down as a committee to decide who is going to get the money. The main thing for us is always to make sure the money stays local – we don’t want to be sending the money that people donate away south.
“Originally we kept it to charities with transportation needs, like helping cancer patients get to appointments, but we decided to spread it out.”
Cars ranging a 1912 Austin Wellington Tourer to 21st Century Ferraris, Aston Martins and McLarens were among the display of nearly 300 vehicles, which also included vintage buses and motorbikes.
Cash raised from the event, which included a cavalcade from Gordon Castle to Brodie, will now support causes including supporting children with disabilities and armed forces veterans.
Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation, which was set up in memory of Elgin 15-year-old Abbie Main, who died of cancer on Christmas Day last year, received a donation of £2,000 while Defibs for Moray, the Forres and Nairn branch of Riding for the Disabled and the Elgin and District Parkinson’s Support Group got £1,500.
Abbie’s mum Tammy Main explained the money would be used to support children and their families fighting their own battle against cancer.
She said: “Receiving a gift or having a weekend away can make a difference for children who have cancer. We work with the families to make sure everything is tailored to them.”
Elsie Watson, chairwoman of the Parkinson’s support group, added: “The funding is very welcome because it will help us to support the various projects we run, which include exercise groups and hydrotheraphy.”
RAF Association Moray, which supports serving and former armed forces personnel, the Gordon Lennox Trust and Brodie Castle received £1,000 donations while the Lossiemouth Scouts got £500.