Sky’s limit at bird auction

Davie, left, and Jim with Jim's aunt Grace McLean, centre, and staff at Monklands Hospital

Davie, left, and Jim with Jim's aunt Grace McLean, centre, and staff at Monklands Hospital

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AN amazing £4,600 is winging its way to two charities after a successful pigeon auction organised by two Viewpark fanciers.

Jim Cullen and Davie Young decided to raise cash for two causes close to their hearts and were overwhelmed by the response.

Jim’s aunt Grace McLean is a kidney patient who gets dialysis several days a week at Monklands Hospital, so he wanted to help Lanarkshire Kidney Patients Association/Monklands Hospital Ward 1.

Davie’s wife, Liz, passed away after a battle with cancer, and he and the family are very grateful for the care shown to her at St Andrew’s Hospice.

Jim and Davie are members of Uddingston and District Homing Society, and when word got out about their end of season auction they were inundated with donations of pigeons from fellow fanciers.

Jim said: “We didn’t expect the response we got. There were fanciers from all over Lanarkshire at the auction.”

The final total raised was £4,598 and that was split evenly between the two charities.

The pals thank everyone who donated a pigeon, Vince Hendry for his very generous donation, Tam Law for his donation of pigeon boxes, the Uddingston club for use of its premises and auctioneer David McCaig.

Davie wasn’t resting on his laurels for long, however, as he took part in the annual St Andrew’s Hospice climb to the top of Ben Nevis on Saturday, raising another £700 for the charity.