Glasgow Lunch

On Friday, 28th April 2017 the 23rd annual Spifox Glasgow Lunch was held in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow and with the continuing sterling support of the Scottish Property Industry a record attendance of 846 guests enjoyed an afternoon of great food, excellent entertainment and the opportunity of catching up with both friends and colleagues.

The fantastic attendance was matched by a record sum raised on the day of just over £120,000 and we would once again thank all of our supporters who contributed to raising such a fantastic sum.

Our beneficiaries from the lunch were MusicAll/Hazelwood School, Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and Finding Your Feet.

Finding Your Feet provide support, assistance and advice for children and adults who have suffered from amputations. The money pledged from Spifox is to be used for play equipment and toys for the children, for the counselling room and for events held by the charity.

MusicAll is a new charity established from the music department of Hazelwood School in Mosspark, Glasgow. The charity uses the medium of music to engage and teach children with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties. Their bands, The Fridays and the Samba Band, do outreach work with other schools both mainstream and special needs. They also do many concerts within the Glasgow area often to old people’s homes and other similar caring facilities. They need a mini bus to transport the children on their outreach work and Spifox pledged £35,000 to purchase a bus.

The Fridays have entertained us before at Spifox Lunches to great applause. This year they were joined by a mystery guest – the patron of MusicAll – Mr Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue. What a treat we had with Ricky and The Fridays playing Deacon Blue numbers – a fantastic way to start the lunch – very many thanks to Ricky for attending and singing for us.

After lunch, Rhona Baillie spoke passionately about the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and specifically about the new hospice which is well on the way to being completed on a site in Bellahouston Park. Spifox pledged £40,000 for the construction and fitting-out of the Butterfly Counselling Room. The Butterfly Service provides bereavement support for children who have lost parents or relatives who stayed at the Hospice.

Our other special guest - comedian and raconteur Fred MacAulay orchestrated our fun fundraising game “True or Trump”. He also conducted the auction to great effect and finished the day’s proceedings by telling us many wonderfully amusing stories and anecdotes.

As one event ends so the planning for the next year begins and we hope that when your thoughts turn to 2018 we can again count on your support at next year’s Glasgow Lunch again being held at the Hilton Hotel on Friday, 4th May 2018.