Glasgow Lunch

On Friday, 4th May 2018 the 24th 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 844 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 £123,000 and we would once again thank all of our supporters who contributed to raising such a fantastic sum.

Our beneficiaries from the lunch were Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, The GK Experience, Gareloch Riding for the Disabled and Kidney Kids Scotland.

Kidney Kids support children with chronic renal failure. We were raising money for them to purchase two Haemodialysis machines which will be invaluable to the Charity in providing the capability of home haemodialysis for the children in their care.

Gareloch Riding for the Disabled provide beneficial horse riding and horse care sessions for disabled children and children with learning difficulties. We were raising money for them to purchase a new fully accessible adapted riding carriage to provide carriage riding sessions for their more profoundly disabled children.

Josh McArthur and John Kewley from The GK Experience spoke very eloquently about the outreach work the Charity undertakes with children from some of the most disadvantaged areas in Glasgow. We were raising money for a minibus which will be of great benefit to the Charity, Spifox advanced the money for the bus which was on display outside the hotel. Josh a young 17 year old service user spoke very earnestly and amusingly about his life and experience benefitting from the work of The GK Experience.

Margo Whiteford, Chair of SBH Scotland spoke movingly about the fantastic work that the Charity undertakes helping children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

She introduced a wee star of the Charity – 12 year old Ella Chambers – who provided a short PowerPoint presentation on the important benefits of IT and IT learning to children with Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus. She explained brilliantly how the IT learning pods we were raising money for would be of significant advantage to the Charity and the children it supports.

Musical entertainment on the day was provided by the excellent Darius Campbell of Pop Idol and Pop Star to Opera Star fame who sang and spoke wonderfully. His unaccompanied rendition of Nessun Dorma was simply captivating.

Comedian and raconteur Willie Allan orchestrated our fun fundraising game "Boris's Brexit or May's Maybe's Aye Maybe's Naw". He also conducted the auction to great effect and finished the day's proceedings by telling us many of his wonderfully amusing stories and anecdotes.

Thanks also to one of our previous year's beneficiaries, MusicAll, who brought along the mini-bus we donated to them for everyone to see and sang a number of their tunes in the foyer of the hotel as guests arrived.

As one event ends so the planning for the next year begins and we hope that when your thoughts turn to 2019 we can count on your support at next year’s Glasgow Lunch again being held at the Hilton Hotel on Friday, 3rd May 2019.