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Irene Montgomerie (left) and the ladies of Newton and Wallacetown Church loading up after their very sucessful Shoebox Appeal 2016

Irene Montgomerie, CID’s local Ambassador in the beautiful town of Ayr over-the-years, has been proactive in recruiting additional help and assistance for the children in the Charity’s hospices, child development centres and community programmes. Irene and fellow members of Newton & Wallacetown, Parish Church have hosted exceptionally successful coffee mornings, fairs and “Love in a Box” Christmas Shoebox Appeals that garner support from across Ayrshire.

In a recent telephone call, Irene shared “I am very pleased to report that here in Ayr; we are increasing support for Children in Distress.   Recently I spoke to the Women’s Guild of Ayr’s St. Leonard’s Church,   about the work done by the Charity in Eastern Europe and received a great response.   Since then, we are help even more with our hand-knits collection campaign.  One new recruit to our family of support, Margaret Galloway, must knit in her sleep by the number of beautiful hand knitted jumpers and cardigans she turns out each week and Jean Steele, knits the most beautiful colourful blankets simply using up lots of small balls of wool.   St. Leonard’s have now placed a collection box at their church door for odd wool and so far, this seems to have had a wonderful response.  So simple and this is something other churches and supporters could easily do”. Irene has also had wonderful support from a new knitter, Mrs. Knox who  is also from Ayr, who hearing of the Newton &Wallacetown team's zeal for knitting, has donated bags of beautifully knitted hats, scarfs and balaclavas, which despite this month's  late Spring snows, falling now,  will soon will be shipped in anticipation the chills of next winter.


The wonderful team at Newton & Wallacetown Church in Main Street, Ayr are holding an Open-doors Coffee Morning on Saturday 10th June from 10am to 12 noon. There will be Home Baking, Crafts, Bric-a-brac and various other delights all in aid of CID.  If you live in the area, or are visiting on vacation or as a day tripper and  would welcome the cup that cheers and the delight  of some of  the very best of Ayrshire’s home baking, please come along.  Everyone will be made welcome, so don’t be a stranger for Irene hopes to see you there.

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