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Benefactor pledges £3250 for Forres Mechanics to repaint stand at Mosset Park


By Jonathan Clark

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A GENEROUS benefactor has pledged more than £3000 for Forres Mechanics to repaint Mosset Park.

Sandy Wilkie, an associate with Greenhill HR, has been a Can Cans fan for the last few years – and donated £5000 last year which went to drainage.

Sandy Wilkie (left) has donated £3250 to Forres Mechanics for paint work to be done around the ground. He is joined by Forres Mechanics financial director Sandy Aird and chairman Dave MacDonald. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Sandy Wilkie (left) has donated £3250 to Forres Mechanics for paint work to be done around the ground. He is joined by Forres Mechanics financial director Sandy Aird and chairman Dave MacDonald. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

On top of that, he has sponsored Lee Fraser's shirt for three seasons, sponsored Calum Howarth's shirt last campaign and donated a further sum in early 2020.

Despite this, Mr Wilkie wanted to help out further and got in contact with chairman Dave Macdonald a few months ago.

He said: "I gave the money last year as a fan. My aunt died and I wanted to use some money to do something good and I did the same this year when my dad died.

"I was early retired but now I'm doing associate work so it made sense to donate under that banner this time.

"I approached Dave in April or May and asked if there was anything the club needed done and we decided I'd pay for the repainting."

Mr Wilkie, whose donation totalled £3250, explained his affiliation with Mechanics.

"I like grassroots football and I was scouting around for a team," he said.

"I was living in Manchester at the time but came across Forres Mechanics and really liked the colours, the strip and the badge.

"Then I found out my daughter's boyfriend at the time had a connection to the club through his great grandfather and that she had been to a game at Mosset Park.

"So I came up once and absolutely loved it. That was about three seasons ago and I've been back for hospitality and have been sponsoring Lee Fraser's shirt since.

"It's a bit of fun and they are such nice guys."

Forres Mechanics are delighted with the donation, with the stand and the disabled toilet set to get a new lick of paint.

Chairman Dave Macdonald said: "The club appreciates all donations and Sandy has been very good to us the past couple of seasons.

"He asked what we would like to spend the money on and we thought the stand was in need of painting. He kindly agreed the money would be spent on that.

"We are very appreciative of that. It's nice for a punter, as he calls himself, and a Can Cans man to come forward with a huge donation like that."

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