A FUND-RAISING Hallowe’en party in memory of Janice Farman has raised more than £2,000 for Autism Scotland.

Elaine Laurie organised the event at Singer Bowling Club last month to pay tribute to her childhood friend, who died after an alleged robbery at her home in Mauritius in July.

Janice’s 10-year-old son, Gavin, lives with autism, and Elaine decided to run a charity night for the community.

Elaine, from Old Kilpatrick, told the Post: “It went really well. We had a really good night and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“There were about 80 people there and we’re absolutely delighted with how much we raised.

"To date, we have raised £2,055 for Autism Scotland, thanks to the very generous donations made by everyone."

She added: “It was a celebration. Janice would have been right in the middle of it dancing.”

Raffle prizes ranged from the Beardmore Hotel to a Dyson vacuum cleaner, Glengoyne Distillery, John and Co Hair Salon, McMonagles, West Brewery, Empire Cinemas, Morrisons, B&Q, Meadow Centre, Guy’s Restaurant, Starbucks, Boclair House, MGM Timber, M&S, Glasgow Warriors RFC, Hamilton Academical FC and many more.

Karen Wilson, fundraising manager at Scottish Autism, said: “We are so grateful to Elaine for organising such a fun evening and raising an amazing £2,000 for Scottish Autism - we’d like to send a massive thank you to her and everyone that attended the event for their generosity.

"Scottish Autism is a charity providing a range of flexible and innovative support services for children and adults across Scotland, focusing on improving the quality of life. The money Elaine and our other wonderful fundraisers collect is incredibly important and helps us reach as many people as possible.”