A CHARITY fundraiser in memory of a Wee County man's late family member was so successful that it is set to become an annual event.

More than 50 people turned out to Tullibody's The Inn on Saturday, April 6, to take part in a Memorial Pool Tournament organised by local butcher Jim Hutchison.

Jim's uncle, Johnny Neil, sadly passed away in November last year, and in his memory the fundraiser was organised, with proceeds going to Maggie's Forth Valley.

Maggie's provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, as well as their family and friends.

Thanks to the high turnout and generosity of those who took part, the event raised over £800 for the charity.

Jim told the Advertiser: "I'm overwhelmed with the amount of money we took in.

"The total that was raised was £825, and that is all going to Maggie's.

"Myself and my auntie and my wife will pop over there on Wednesday or Thursday and hand it over."

Speaking about the event, he said: "I would say there was a minimum of 50 people in that pub on Saturday, plus it was Grand National day, so the pub was busy as well.

"The turnout was unbelievable, so we are going to do it annually from now on; it will be an annual event at the same time every year."

As well as a pool tournament, a prize draw, raffle and auction for a signed Alloa football top was also held on the night.

Jim, who organised the event with support from David McKechnie and others, was keen to thank all those who contributed.

Jim's business is based at Tron Court, and he praised every other business there as they made donations towards the prize draw.

He added: "I'd also like to thank Vic and Tracy from The Inn in Tullibody for their contribution and letting us use their facilities, the bar staff and everyone else that helped with the event and the raffles and competitions.

"I think my uncle will be up there in the sky quite chuffed."