FUNDRAISING NIGHT RAISES £75,000 FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITY

by Fraser Clarke

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

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A FUNDRAISING dinner has raised an incredible £75,000 for a children’s charity after record numbers flocked to its annual ladies’ night.

The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) recently hosted 360 women at their ‘Girly Get Together’ for a night full of games and prizes.

The sell-out bash was hosted by local broadcaster Grant Stott at the capital’s Prestonfield House with the funds raised going towards supporting children in hospital and their families.

Every table in the room was sold as the women enjoyed a three-course meal and various games, including a mystery box lucky dip which resulted in three delighted ladies taking home Michael Kors bags and accessories while one unlucky participant left with a packet of marshmallows.

Topless butlers ensured the bubbly was kept topped up and sold raffle tickets for the ‘Cross my Palm’ game, which allowed the attendees to purchase an LED butterfly to be in with a chance of winning a diamond worth £5,700.

Roisin Doyle, Events Fundraiser at ECHC, said: “It was a brilliant night with a record number of 35 tables sold and we sold out of tickets in January which shows how popular it’s become.

“The first game was the mystery boxes, which involved four of the women coming up on stage and each taking a box. The woman who ended up with the marshmallows took it in really great spirit whilst you couldn’t wipe the beaming smiles off the others.

“The second involved us selling 200 LED butterflies for £20 each and then one lucky woman won a diamond which was kindly donated by Hamilton and Inches. As you can imagine, this was very popular, and there was a stampede across the room as soon as it was announced.”

Jim Kerr, lead singer of rock band Simple Minds donated memorabilia which was auctioned during the night.

Each table had stunning floral centrepieces donated thanks to Flowers by Maxwell while local band The Flavours provided music.

Roisin continued: ““We’re all absolutely delighted to raise such an amazing amount of money which will make the experience of being in hospital so much more positive for children and young people through the grants that ECHC fund.”

“It was a really wild night for the ladies and seems to just get better year on year. We can’t wait for next year’s now.”

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and has contributed over £3 million towards its move to a new, purpose-built home at Little France in 2018.

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Young PR professional Fraser Clarke, who works with public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh, Scotland

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