The first anniversary of local Stewart Hardman prompted a magnificent response in aid of Cancer Research from the village of Quarter last weekend.
Stewart tragically died of cancer aged 32 in August last year. Organised by Graeme Mackay and the Bully Inn, thirty of Stewart’s friends enjoyed a day’s golf at the Old Course, St Andrews, followed by a fund-raising night in the Bully Inn. Winning golfers Ian Gray (1st), Kenny MacDonald (2nd) and Jim Hill (3rd) were presented with medals at the opening ceremony for the charity night which was expertly hosted by DJ Davie MacInnes.
£2,750 for Cancer Research was raised through a raffle and an auction of generously donated prizes, and through pub owner Catherine’s sponsorship of a pound per new like on the Bully’s Facebook page. Top prizes in the raffle included an overnight for two at Seamill Hydro, a meal at Spice and Hamilton Accies hospitality for four donated by Davy Russell, and a Kindle from Kwikfit. Former player Derek Ferguson provided a signed George Albert Rangers top which raised £600 at auction from Stewart’s dad, Frank Hardman. Quarter lad Ryan Oliver brought along a framed and signed Celtic top removed from his bedroom wall. Alan McCabe of Hamilton contributed another signed Celtic top, and both items fetched £260 and £250 from Ian Swann whose wife Linda also sadly died of cancer. A 4.5 litre bottle of whiskey donated by Grants distillery went to Alan McNamara for £120. Villager Lesley MacDonald and her sister took part in a lengthy 26 mile sponsored walk around Rothesay.
Stewart’s friends and family intend to mark each anniversary of his death with an event in aid of Cancer Research. The Bully Inn was his local pub, and both staff and customers hold very fond memories of him.