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SBH Scotland set to host World's Biggest Burns online

Janey Godley

Specialist charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) is joining forces with international superstar Fran Healy, as well as Scottish comedians Janey Godley and Fred MacAulay to host the world’s biggest virtual Burns supper for FREE on Monday 25th January at 7pm.

The charity is working with partners across the globe to bring the virtual experience to as many people as possible. The world’s largest ever ‘in person’ Burns supper had 900 guests, and SBH Scotland hope that through the power of digital technology they will reach many more.

Although online, viewers can expect all the trimmings of a traditional Burns evening. The Address to a Haggis will feature alongside the main tribute to Burns, the Immortal Memory, recited by Comedian Bruce Fummey. Funny-man, and host of the event, Fred MacAulay, delivers the Toast to the Lassies as Janey Godley, who became a social media sensation after creating parody videos of Nicola Sturgeon during lockdown, will then give the reply.

Janey Godley said: “Scotland might be back in lockdown, but that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating the life of one of our greatest ever treasures. We have some fantastic acts lined up who will be bringing some much needed cheer during these difficult times, all while raising vital funds for a very important cause.

“The event is free to attend and I am looking forward to joining my fellow Scots around the globe for what we hope will be the world’s biggest Burns Supper.”

Travis front-man Fran Healy will perform Auld Lang Syne, while Scotland’s foremost Robert Burns re-enactor, Christopher Tait, will recite Tam o’Shanter. Other famous faces have also sent in their own Burns contributions!

The virtual event, which has only been made possible through the support of Scottish businesses Grant’s Haggis, Endura Cycle Apparel and Chisholm Hunter, is free to attend, with donations encouraged through the silent auction and raffle. The event is also supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

Deborah Roe, SBH Scotland Director of Fundraising said: “2020 was a difficult year for everyone, but it was particularly challenging for those already in need. Our organisation, like many others in the third sector, has seen a significant drop in fundraising. We need support now more than ever and hope that this exciting new event will help raise vital funds for our charity.”

SBH Scotland’s 2021 Burns event will go live at 7pm on Monday 25 January 2021 on its YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/ScottishSpinaBifida and Facebook channel www.facebook.com/SBHScotland/ The pre-recorded programme will also be available to view for one week.

Register NOW for your 'on the day' reminder and your event link.

Visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk/burns for information and updates on how you can get involved.

SBH Scotland win the Scottish Power Education Award

screenshot of a Tweet sent out by Scottish Power announcing SBH Scotland as winners of Education award.

We are delighted to announce that from a shortlist of exceptional organisations, SBH Scotland has been awarded the Scottish Power Foundation's 'Education Award' as part of their annual awards. Winners in each category receive an additional £5,000 funding boost, with runners-up receiving £2,500.

Scottish Power said, "The judges recognised its [SBH Scotland] brilliant work to help children with spina bifida to be fully included in the learning experience! 👏👏🙌"

"The judges recognised the charity’s work to support each child individually and to tailor its support to their bespoke needs. For example, it worked with partner organisations to ensure one child who required crutches to get around was able to fully participate in sporting activities at his school".

SBH Scotland was also praised for our work celebrating what makes our children unique and ensuring they all have the best possible start in life.

In addition, our member and fundraiser Lucy Abbeels received the Runner Up award for 'Charity Champion of the Year' for her consistent commitment to raising funds and awareness for our charity. Congratulations Lucy and thank you for your support.

 

Here's our Ella with a quick reminder!

If you haven't booked your place yet, it's not too late! A Question of Burns is taking place on Thursday 23rd January at the Glasgow Hilton and we have a few tables remaining. SBH Scotland member and Question of Burns Co-Host, Ella Chambers, reminds us to get our tickets for the spectacular corporate Burns Supper Event.

Call us today on 03455 211 600 to book or go online.

 

Our Christmas Appeal is here

We're delighted to launch our 2019 Christmas Appeal where we're asking everyone to get involved. Any donation large or small will help to ensure every baby, child, adult parent, family member and carer can receive our lifetime commitment of support in 2020 and beyond. If you are unable to donate, please share our appeal far and wide by following our posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or YouTube.

DONATE now online.

To add to the magic of Christmas we'd like to thank the lovely Ian Waite and James Smith for kindly getting involved with our appeal film.

Enjoy and a very merry festive season to all!

And we're off! They came and dazzled us at our 2019 Strictly Come Prancing Launch Night

The stars of SBH Scotland's Strictly Come Prancing 2019 glittered on our red carpet at the Launch Night for the event.

We welcomed 8 couples who will all be competing for the coveted #SCPrancing Glitterball Trophy in front of celebrity judge Ian Waite and head judge Mr Fabulous. The night also gave all our couples the chance to meet their dance instructors who be guiding them from ballroom beginners to pros in only 10 weeks!

All couples will be taking the time to not only learn dance but to raise vital funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland and we're so grateful to everyone supporting them in their cha cha challenge!

JOIN US on Saturday 9th November at the Glasgow Hilton to see if your favourite couple can become the champions. Tickets available now online

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