The Eric Liddell Centre is celebrating after their Going for Gold Gala raised £21,000 for their caring services.
The fundraising gala took place on Friday 26 April at BT Murrayfield in a bid to raise funds for the charity which specialises in care for the elderly and dementia services, with the aim of supporting people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
The event was hosted by former Scotland and British Lions Captain, Gavin Hastings OBE with Eilidh Doyle, Scotland’s most successful track and field athlete, acting as the event’s main speaker.
John MacMillan, CEO of The Eric Liddell Centre, said:
“We’re overwhelmed with how the evening went! Our inaugural Gala raised close to £10,000 in 2017 so to have almost doubled the amount raised this time around is a testament to the hard work that has gone into the event from all involved.
“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who helped to make the event the success that it was from those who attended, our sponsors, to staff and volunteers who helped things run so smoothly.”
More than 170 guests enjoyed the evening which saw speeches from Gavin Hastings and Eilidh Doyle, while Paul Roberts of Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers compered the live auction. Music was provided by George Watson’s College Pipe Band on the hallowed Murrayfield pitch.
Gavin Hastings said:
“I’m thrilled that the Gala has proven to be such a success for the Eric Liddell Centre and am proud to have played a part in helping this organisation to raise funds for the vitally important work that they do for so many in Edinburgh’s communities.”