Dot’s fabrics raise £1,050 for charity

Left to right - Fiona Duncan, Alison Johnston and Judith Hardie with some of the fabrics for the sale.
Left to right - Fiona Duncan, Alison Johnston and Judith Hardie with some of the fabrics for the sale.

An Ellon man whose wife died from breast cancer has raised more than £1,000 for charity in her memory.

Dorothy (Dot) Hardie, who passed away three years ago aged 69, was a keen seamstress with a strong interest in crafts.

Dot would most certainly have appreciated the cloth being put to good use

Ian Sinclair Husband

She built up a huge amount of fabrics for various projects which, sadly, would not be completed.

Recently, her husband Ian Sinclair decided it was time to do something about the mountain of cloth which had accumulated over the years in their loft.

Ian explained: “Dot made her own clothes, curtains, bedding and also made outfits for others. She received ‘samples’ of cloth on offer every few months and would buy cloth with a view to creating various projects designed in her mind’s eye.

“The result was the loft had the most expensive insulation imaginable with bags of large lengths of specialist fabrics all over it.”

After seeing the amount of cloth, Dot’s sister Judith and her friend, Alison Johnston, and others suggested the best way to deal

with it was to hold a ‘Pop up Sale’.

This took place earlier this month in Alison’s daughter Fiona’s large garage in Inverurie and raised £1,050 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ian said: “Five cars loaded to the gunwales transported the cloth from Ellon to Inverurie and these ladies and friends sorted out and sized the cloth ready for the sale.

“Dot would most certainly have appreciated the cloth being put to good use rather than simply ‘disposed of’.

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped organise the sale and those who bought the fabrics and donated so generously to Macmillan.”

Dot was well known in Ellon and had a long association with the town’s rifle club, of which her late father was a founding member.

She was club secretary for about 30 years and during that time was also a range warden and match secretary.