It is almost impossible to imagine what it must be like to own nothing apart from the clothes you stand up in but that is exactly what happened to many thousands as a result of recent earthquake in Japan. On Saturday Borders folk gathered in Kelso to raise funds to aid the victims.
At the Abbey Row Centre in Kelso, Mary McGannon and Borders Folk entertained us with wonderful folk music.
The café was busy serving excited people who had already placed their first bids in the silent auction upstairs. The raffle table was covered in generous gifts donated by local retailers and companies. Long tables stretched the length of the spacious room covered with items on offer: ½ ton of coal, a luxury weekend for 2 at the Roxburghe, a day’s fishing, golf for 4, 10 yoga lessons, 6 dance lessons, massage, haircuts, cashmere blankets, scarves, fabrics and knitwear were among the many surprises on the table.
Downstairs Border artists displayed paintings, sculptures and prints. People were out bidding each other and the prices raised, as did the laughter and excitement. Even 6 year old Orlando, was double checking his bids to make sure he got what he wanted. A scuffle broke out over a handknitted cashmere pullover and we all laughed. Then the big brass bell rang and the bids stopped!
Thank to everyone for supporting the victims of the earthquake. Over £4,000 was raised and this will go to the Japanese Red Cross.