A Nissan Juke was donated by the dealership for the day and located at the Sainsbury’s car park at Straiton, where it was then filled with balloons… literally to bursting point!.
Visitors to the store were then asked to purchase a ticket and guess the number of balloons in the car (69 in total), with the winner, Mr J Doherty of Loanhead receiving champagne and chocolates.
Organiser, Aileen Copland of Johnson Cleaners said: ‘Despite the awful weather, we had a fantastic day. We raised over £100 with our ‘‘count the balloons in the car’’ competition and overall, our team of volunteers raised £1001 on the day from other cash donations.’
Aileen continued: ‘We’ve now raised £6,000 to date for Help the Heroes, with the aim of raising a grand total of £10,000. We’ve spent the last five months selling bands, holding fun days and sending two mascot bears, ‘General Johnson’ and ‘Hero Ted’, round Scotland visiting tourist attractions, businesses and of course, the military.
‘We have also several further activities in the pipeline which we hope will be able to generate the extra cash, including a planned walk of the West Highland Way. We couldn’t do any of this without the generous support of the general public, businesses and our many volunteers and I’d just like to thank everyone involved.’
David Noble, Dealer Principal at Alex F Noble Nissan, said: ‘We are very pleased we were able to help the team at Johnson Cleaners in their efforts to raise cash for this very worthy charity.’