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Biggest virtual Burns Supper raises £30k for charity

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Celebrities came out in force for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland

The world’s biggest charity Burns Supper has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The event, which took place last night (Monday 25 Jan) has amassed than £30,000 for specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland).

It was streamed globally on 25 January to over 9,000 people who tuned in to watch performances from a host of Scottish celebrities.

Hosted by Fred MacAulay, viewers were treated to several performances, including a witty poem penned by Janey Godley, where she wonders what Rabbie would make of the current Covid times, and a rendition of Auld Lang Syne by Travis front-man Fran Healy. Other stars who backed the event with messages of support included Jean Johansson, Julie Wilson Nimmo, The Krankies, Justin Currie, and Joe McFadden.

This was the 30th consecutive year that the charity has hosted a Burns celebration, and it typically welcomes up to 800 people at its A Question of Burns event in Glasgow. Over the past three decades, SBH Scotland has raised more than £1million from the event, and with the support of headline sponsors, Grant’s Haggis, Endura Cycle Apparel and Chisholm Hunter, the charity was able to bring the festivities online. The event was also supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

As well as watching performances from a host of famous faces, guests were also invited to take part in an online auction, which will run until 31 January. Viewers still have a chance to pick up an 18ct White Gold Diamond Flower Drop Necklace worth £1,995, donated by luxury jeweller and diamond retailer Chisholm Hunter. Social media queen Janey Godley has also donated an exclusive voiceover, where she’ll provide a comedic narration to a home video of the winner’s choice.

Those who still want to watch the event, or take part in the auction, can do so by visiting SBH Scotland’s Youtube Channel and Facebook page before 31 January.

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland said: “Our 30th Burns Supper was certainly different to what we’d anticipated, but what an evening we had! To have so many people watch on the night was amazing, and to have delivered what we expect to be the world’s biggest charity Burns Supper is some achievement. A huge thank you goes to each and every person who has helped to make this happen, including all our fantastic sponsors.

“Last year was particularly difficult for the charity sector, but we’ve kick-started 2021 with a real show stopping event. To have raised £30,000 on our 30th Burns anniversary is amazing, and all proceeds will go towards providing our dedicated services to thousands of children, adults and their families affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.”

To support SBH Scotland or to find out more about other events happening throughout the year, call 03455 211 600, email or visit for more details.



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