Clann Ferguson’s Romania mission

DYNAMIC DUO: Maureen and Hugh recently returned from Romania.
DYNAMIC DUO: Maureen and Hugh recently returned from Romania.

A selfless Motherwell couple who have dedicated more than 20 years to running a charity mission have just returned from Romania.

Hugh and Maureen Ferguson are renowned for being the driving force behind the Clann Sona project.

Set up in the 1990s, the project appeals for basic items to be sent to underprivileged people in Romania, as well as charities in eastern Europe, Africa and Sri Lanka.

The closure of the group’s base on Merry Street in 2012 has not hindered Hugh and Maureen’s determination to help those less fortunate.

The pair have just returned from visiting Romania with their daughter, Nicola.

After a series of fundraising ventures, they were able to donate £1,500 to the Fundatia Excelsior project, which supports young people, and £500 to the Speranta Special Needs Club.

Hugh said: “The Fundatia Excelsior and the Speranta Special Needs Club were very grateful for the donations.

“Ever since our first load in 1992, they cannot really take in how a little country like Scotland can give so much help.

“We will keep the charity going and any donations will be forwarded on to our friends in Cluj-Napoca project.

“They are doing a fantastic job and we would love to be able to support them more.”

He added: “Since we returned we’ve had a time of it - Maureen and Nicola were eaten by everything that flew or crawled. I was completely untouched - either because I tasted very bad or the bugs were saving me for desert!”

Anyone who would like to make a donation to Clann Sona can do so by using the account number 00149848 and sort code 800915 (Bank of Scotland, Brandon Parade South).