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For the Love of Scotland

For the Love of Scotland

Edith Bowman launches 'For the Love of Scotland' to raise urgent funds for 'Masks for Scotland'

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Edith will be joined by the likes of Alan Cumming, Ally McCoist, Annie Lennox, Blue Rose Code, Sir Chris Hoy, Fran Healy (Travis), Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Jack Lowden, James McAvoy, Janey & Ashley Godley, Jean Johansson, Judy Murray, Karen Gillan, KT Tunstall, Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES), Lorne Balfe, Mark Bonnar, Martin Compston, Ncuti Gatwa, Peter Capaldi, Peter Mullan, Rachel Sermanni, Richard Rankin, Sam Heughan, Sam McTrusty (Twin Atlantic), Sanjeev Kohli, Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian), plus many more...

Live on Gigs in Scotland Facebook and YouTube on Wednesday 22nd April at 6pm - 9pm

With appearances from Scottish actors, musicians, writers and more, Bowman will host an evening of appreciation to raise funds, along with the nation’s spirits. The evening will include music, literature, poetry and chats with Scotland’s favourite stars, as well as stories from the public about the incredible community spirit seen across Scotland during lockdown. The stars will join forces with fans to give thanks to the frontline workers with one aim: to raise vital funds for Masks for Scotland and provide crucial PPE for frontline workers around the country. 

Creator and host Edith Bowman said, “As the weeks have been passing, more and more I’ve been working out how I can do something to help. After a friend drew my attention to an amazing event in Wales last week, with a number of well-known Welsh faces, I thought, “I Ought To Do That!” I wanted to create an event that had a purpose, was a way of saying thank you to all those selfless people putting themselves in danger to help others and celebrate this extraordinary community spirit that we are seeing. Jo at Masks For Scotland had just been in touch to ask for my support, the work that she and her mum Jill are doing is wonderful, so it felt like the perfect fit. For the Love Of Scotland will be three hours of people coming together through music, prose, comedy, conversation and thanks, featuring both plenty of well-known faces and members of the public. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am to all the people who are helping us out and giving up their time. Now we just have to do it!”

The Masks for Scotland crowdfunding initiative was founded by Professor Jill Belch of the University of Dundee, in response to the urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for community frontline medical teams across Scotland. 100% of the money raised will fund the provision of PPE for key workers and Masks for Scotland has already raised over £60,000 within a week, with an overall fundraising target of £200,000. The appeal has already attracted support from Scottish actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming and Joanna Vanderham with the first orders of PPE arriving in Scotland this week. 
Professor Jill Belch said, “The Medical Teams who protect us must be protected too. We know that the bigger the viral load, the worse the disease. Day in, day out, these teams are exposed to very high viral loads. We must help save their lives, the lives of their families and their patients by providing correct PPE. This fundraiser will save lives - thank you so very much to all who donate.”

With more talent and performances to be announced, ‘For the Love of Scotland’ will be a night to remember in an unmissable show of support for the country’s community frontline staff.

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FOR THE LOVE OF SCOTLAND NEEDS YOU!

Share your stories and say thanks to those incredible individuals who are risking their own lives to save others.

To be a part of this very special evening, Edith wants to hear YOUR Coronavirus stories – whether that be anecdotes/hero shout outs or dances to show what Scotland has been up to during lockdown. Let’s come together, raise money for a very good cause and celebrate the people of Scotland! To get involved, click here and tell us your story.

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