Huge Burns Night event raises £50,000 for charity
ONE of Scotland’s biggest Burns Suppers has raised £50,000 for charity.
Nearly 500 guests gathered at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel for the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland’s (SBH Scotland) 31st event.
Former Scottish international rugby player and sports presenter Andy Nicol hosted the evening which saw guests enjoy renditions of Burns’ famous poems, a three-course meal, auction and a quiz on all things Rabbie Burns.
Other notable faces in attendance included Kevin Brown who delivered an Address to the Haggis, legendary comedian Fred MacAulay who gave the Toast to the Lassies and Scottish singer, Michelle McManus, who delivered a hilarious reply.
Scotland’s foremost Robert Burns re-enactor, Chris Tait, delivered the Immortal Memory and award-winning classical singer, and SBH Scotland ambassador, Nicola Cassells, concluded the evening with a performance of Auld Lang Syne.
For over three decades, SBH Scotland’s annual evening in honour of the Ayrshire-born poet has been one of Glasgow’s most successful Burns supper events. Since its launch in 1981, the event has raised over £1 million which has been used to provide personalised support to thousands of children, young people and adults across Scotland affected by the lifelong, complex conditions of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
To support the drive, luxury jeweller Chisholm Hunter donated a diamond pendant worth £2000 for the Diamond Draw, as well as Hugo Boss watches for each member of the winning quiz team.
Chairperson of SBH Scotland Dr Margo Whiteford said: “Without the generosity from everyone who attended, we wouldn’t be able to provide specialist services to the 4,000 children, young people and their families who live with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus in Scotland.
“Because of our guests, speakers, volunteers and sponsors we have certainly kicked off 2023 in a spectacular way.”