A HELENSBURGH charity supporting locals with disabilities has received a donation of hundreds of pounds from a kind-hearted local group.

The Helensburgh and district branch of Enable were given £500 from the local branch of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes' Neptune Lodge No. 9704.

Three members of the group visited the charity on Thursday, January 25 to present a cheque to chairperson Angela Pearson.

Angela said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Buffaloes and the Neptune Lodge for their generosity.

“We really appreciate all the help we get from local businesses, clubs, and groups, and for all the fundraising people do to help our clubs to thrive. We could not do it without them.”

Helensburgh Advertiser: Three members of the Buffaloes along with chairperson Angela Pearson and the branch's fundraising co-ordinator Tony PearsonThree members of the Buffaloes along with chairperson Angela Pearson and the branch's fundraising co-ordinator Tony Pearson (Image: Helensburgh and District Branch of Enable)

The Lodge was inspired to donate the cash as they like to give to charities within the Helensburgh area so that they can benefit the community.

It's part of a movement, known to its members as 'the Buffs', that stretches across the UK and around the countries of the Commonwealth and elsewhere.

Many, though not all, of the lodges are linked in some way to the armed services, with lodges based on ships, at army and air force bases or, as in the case of Neptune, the Royal Navy's shoe-based establishments - though its origins, at least as far as the movement's own recorded history tell, lie in the actors and entertainers of London in the mid-19th century.

The local lodge has a long track record of donating to good causes across the Helensburgh area and beyond, with previous recipients including the Glasgow Children's Hospital, the Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank and the Rotary Club of Helensburgh Garelochside's Heartstart programme, to name a few.

Enable, meanwhile, works to help people with learning disabilities and difficulties throughout Scotland and campaigns for disability rights.

The Helensburgh and district branch, which is run solely by volunteers, hosts two weekly clubs and provides short breaks for adults who need support.

Those who would like to get involved in the Helensburgh Enable branch should contact Angela on 07876 228474 or call secretary Sandra Wilkie on 07595 392589.

To find out more about Enable, visit www.enable.org.uk.