Last week (Friday 25 May), the ladies of Glasgow dug deep to raise an amazing £30,291.75 for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – at the city’s annual Ladies Lunch.
Held at the Hilton in Glasgow, former Britain's Got Talent finalist and entertainer, Edward Reid, hosted the event. Guests enjoyed a three course meal, live music from seventies tribute act, Feeva, as well as Edward himself, and lots of fundraising games. The ladies competed for exclusive prizes in the Silent Auction including Bruno Mars Golden Circle tickets, a beautiful Ted Baker handbag and a seven night Tuscan Villa stay for ten people.
The live auction, compered by broadcaster Steve McKenna, saw the ladies bidding for luxury prizes including a five-star cottage break in Harris and private dining in your own home with award-winning chef, John Quigley.
Guest of honour and parent speaker, Lynne McKenzie, made an emotional speech about her son, Jack, who used Rachel House in Kinross. Lynne shared her family story and told the ladies about the care and support she received from CHAS during the most difficult time imaginable. She thanked the national children's hospice service for helping her family to keep the joy alive by making every moment count.
Diane Alton, Senior Events Co-ordinator at CHAS said: "The Glasgow Ladies Lunch has become one of the key occasions in the CHAS calendar and we're blown away by the ladies support and generosity. Without them, we could not raise the vital funds needed to provide the hospice services that children and families across Scotland rely so heavily on.
"We make sure that no matter how short a family's time together may be, it is filled with happiness and fun. We keep the joy alive by helping families to celebrate the lives of their children while they are together, and to honour their memory when they are gone.
"Three children die of a life-shortening condition every week in Scotland, and at present, we're only reaching one of those families. Our ambition is to reach every single one and offer our services, and events like the Glasgow Ladies Lunch are so important in helping us raise awareness of our work."
This year's Glasgow Ladies Lunch came at a very poignant time: Children's Hospice Week, which saw the launch of CHAS' new fundraising campaign to fund more specialist nurses to help the charity on its mission to reach every family in Scotland who could benefit from its care.
CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides hospice services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. The national charity offers palliative care and respite for the whole family via its two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, and via its CHAS at Home service, which supports families in their own homes across the whole of Scotland.