EIGHTY golfers took part in a charity golf day and auction at Buchanan Castle Golf Club which raised £30,000 for the Preshal Trust’s Duchess of Montrose memorial garden.
The late Duchess – known as Cathy rather than the more usual ‘your Grace’ to those she looked after and worked beside at the organisation – was president of the Govan-based Trust that provides a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities for those affected by social exclusion in the Linthouse area of Glasgow.
The Duchess’s involvement with the Preshal Trust began in 2002, when she met project director May Nicholson – a former Govan teenage alcoholic who had just started the project after asking a local minister for the use of his church hall. May then brought a kettle and a toaster from her home and gave out tea and toast to homeless, people with addictions and other who were socially excluded.
“Cathy was a wonderful person,” says May. “I met her in Drymen back in 2002 and we immediately became friends, asked her if she would become involved and she did.”
And as president of the Trust, the Duchess was much more than a figurehead as May explains: “Cathy knew everyone within the project and their struggles…and was always happy to roll up her sleeves and helping the kitchen. She was a wonderful person and is sorely missed.”
Thirteen years and a lot of hard work after it’s beginnings, the Trust now employs 13 staff, has a wonderful new building and facilities and is going from strength to strength.
• Find out more about the Preshal Trust and how you can help here.