The determination shown by Cupar Round Table to continue supporting Cupar and the wider community despite being just a small team, has been recognised by local MP Stephen Gethins.
The club, which currently has just four members but is well supported locally, raised an astounding £6,000 from its most recent annual 50-mile Bridge to Bridge Hike from the Forth Bridge to the Tay Rail Bridge in 24 hours.
I know a lot of work goes into organising events like these and I put down a motion in Parliament as members deserve a huge amount of credit for what they have achieved.”
This is double the amount raised by any of the previous hikes, and a landmark for the club, which actually voted to wind up in early 2015 after 52 years of service to the community due to dwindling membership. However, a subsequent decision was taken to give it another go, with fundraising efforts shifted to a new endurance event rather than the traditional annual ball.
In the last five years the hike has raised over £17,500 for Clic Sargent, Maggie’s Fife, Toby’s Magical Journey and Fife Young Carers. This year’s worthy recipient was Fife Gingerbread which helps lone parent families across the Kingdom. Cupar Round Table has raised well over £200,000 for local charities and good causes since it was set up in 1963.
Stephen Gethins MP said: “The guys do a great job and walking over 50 miles in 24 hours is no mean feat. I was glad to hear that this year’s event attracted a record number of participants on the entire hike route as well as the quickest finish and the most amount of money ever raised. I know a lot of work goes into organising events like these and I put down a motion in Parliament as members deserve a huge amount of credit for what they have achieved.”
Club member Robert Close said: “We are delighted by the support locally and pleased that this year’s event was so successful. We would be delighted to welcome any new members who are keen to join us in supporting local and national charities. We are very grateful for Stephen’s support and for the Parliamentary motion which puts the efforts of the club over the past few years, on the record.”
The Early Day Motion can be found here https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/53120/cupar-round-table-good-causes