Whist club deals fund-raising hand

Whist fund-raiser Sheena Nelson
Whist fund-raiser Sheena Nelson

A LOCAL whist club has donated £1,000 to make cancer patients at the BGH more comfortable.

The charitable whisters, with ages ranging between 17 and 91, get together in the Angling Club every Thursday evening from September to May, and according to organiser Sheena Nelson, they’ve yet to turn down a request or referral for assistance.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Mrs Nelson said: “We never turn anyone down and over the years we have helped several local charities, good causes and individuals who have been fund-raising for various ventures. It’s great to see the money we raise from the weekly £1.50 entries being put to good use. We have helped a wide range of good causes over the years and have hopefully made a difference.”

Past beneficiaries include Borders General Hospital, the high school, Hawick Scout Band, Friends of the Community Hospital, Marie Curie, Chas, Teviot Wheels and local individuals. The latest donation to the BGH came after local cancer patient and fellow whist player Helen Anderson spent some time in the intensive therapy unit following an operation. One of the nurses told her that she wished every patient could have a comfy chair to sit in, and that is when Sheena and her committee came to their aid.

Mrs Anderson said: “I told Sheena that I would like to raise money for the unit and to my complete amazement members of her whist committee voted to donate £1,000 in appreciation of the kindness and care given to me.”