curling2016A group of local curlers hit the ice last weekend to raise an incredible £3,260 for Ayrshire charity Hansel.

Local businesses made up the majority of the 20 teams which took part in this years exciting Bonspiel at Greenacres Curling Rink in Howwood in Renfrewshire, organised by the committee members of the former Galleon Curling Club in Kilmarnock.


Picking up the trophy this year was the team from Mundell Landscapes in Neilston, skipped by David Mundell.

After their exertions on the ice, curlers tucked into a well-deserved two course lunch followed by an auction and raffle.

Over the past 27 years the annual Charity Bonspiel, has raised almost £90,000 for the Symington-based charity which supports people living with disabilities.

Sheila McLean, Hansel’s Fundraising Manager, said: “We really can’t thank Galleon committee members Sally Gray, Alison Sloan and Jim Murdoch enough for continuing the tradition this year, it means the world to the charity.

“Everyone who took part was so generous with their time and in supporting the raffles and auction. It was a terrific day and the money will go to very good use supporting the charity’s work with people with learning disabilities.”

Sally Gray added: “I would like to say a special thank you to Richard Harding at Greenacres Ice Rink who donated the cost of the ice and all of our supporters who really excelled themselves by handing in more raffle prizes than we have ever had before.

“The standard of curling was excellent this year and the team from David Mundell Landscapes were worthy winners of the trophy.”

Hansel is a leading social care provider, based in Symington, offering a range of services to people living with learning difficulties including small group living residential accommodation and supported living, short breaks, respite care, employment opportunities and supports, and transition support services, including young people living within the autistic spectrum.   For further information please visit