At the recent Founder’s Day celebration attended by over 400 people including Provost Hall, Scouts, volunteers, supporters and parents, Paisley & District awarded the Brightest Star with a Cheque for £3,500.

The gift came about following the District’s bi-annual Duck Race in the centre of Paisley. The event saw a profit of £7,000 with half going to local scouting and the other half being awarded to the much-needed Brightest Star.

Charity Founder Arlene Smith was joined on stage by District Commissioner- Rob Murray, District Youth Commissioner- Fraser Robertson and Explorer Scout- Monica McFarlane for a cheque presentation.

Commenting on this presentation, Rob Murray said:

“Arlene is a strong and passionate woman who at her darkest hour set up a charity which is there to help families who are dealing with the death of a young child. Arlene is an inspiration and I hope this small token will help her further the charity’s work.

“As always I am grateful to the people of Paisley, Barrhead & Neilston for supporting this event. This event comes about through the hard work of volunteers and the local community. It’s a privilege to be working with such dedicated individuals.”

Founder of the Brightest Star, Arlene Smith said

“I can’t thank the Scouts enough for their hard work and dedication with the Duck Race. It was a real privilege for Brightest Star to be selected as their charity partner and their £3,500 donation will allow us to support families that have suffered the devastating loss of a son/daughter, brother or sister.

The Duck race was such a fun day and if you missed it, I would recommend that you don’t miss the next one”.