Pittenweem Fishermen’s Memorial Fund received a generous £390 donation from pupils at Waid Academy, Anstruther following a Disney Dress Down Day.

Organised by the Waid Academy Charities Committee, pupils were encouraged to dress up and raise money for the memorial fund, which aims to raise enough money to erect a permanent memorial in memory of fishermen from Pittenweem and those who tragically lost their lives at sea.

Chairman of the Pittenweem Fishermen’s Memorial Fund and retired skipper, Ronnie Hughes, said: “We are thrilled to receive such an incredible donation from Waid Academy Charities Committee. We really want this project to be about the community, and supported by local people and their families.

“There is a long fishing history in Pittenweem, but there is no permanent memorial that commemorates or acknowledges the sacrifices that many fishermen and their families have made. We can’t thank the pupils involved enough for their support and generosity.”
Rebekah Wilson, chairperson of the Waid Charities Committee, said: “We hold a lot of fundraising days and activities at The Waid and donate to various projects and charities locally. The Charities Committee were really keen to get involved and show their support for the Pittenweem Fishermen’s Memorial Fund as it’s something they felt passionate about for their local area.

“We hope everyone gets behind the project and we see a permanent memorial erected in Pittenweem for all the men and their families who have lost their lives to the sea.”

The fund is currently working on events and activities for 2017 to help raise the capital to build the permanent memorial, and has received significant support from the Scottish White Fish Producers Association and the Pittenweem Fisherman’s Mutual Association.

In 2016, the Fund also collaborated with Pittenweem Arts Festival Fringe during the week-long arts festival in August. Fringe venues and artists sold raffle tickets and donated several prizes to help raise money.

For more information on the fun, please visit: facebook.com/pittenweemfund or search @pittenweemfmfund.

 

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