Glasgow Lunch

On Friday, 3rd May 2019 the 25th Anniversary 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 £125,000 and we would once again thank all of our supporters who contributed to raising such a fantastic sum.

Our beneficiaries from the lunch were Parklands School, Include Us, Children 1st, and Riverbrae School.

Riverbrae School is a co-educational ASN provision school for children and young people in N4-S6. Their pupils come from all across Renfrewshire and there is a broad range of disabilities from learning disabilities to more complex and profound disabilities. We were raising £17,000 for them to purchase a new adapted wheelchair accessible mini-bus.

Children 1st is Scotland's national children's charity (originally known as The Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC)). We were raising £40,000 for them to transform their Resilience and Wellbeing Hub in Bathgate to provide a more beneficial, agile and responsive space with private areas better able to support more vulnerable children across West Lothian.

Include Us is a local Dumfries charity established to campaign for, design and deliver an inclusive and accessible outdoor play space in Dumfries. We were raising £21,570 for them to provide a specialist wheelchair swing and disabled play equipment for the play park.

At the Lunch, Gwen Gilmour from Parklands School spoke very eloquently about the enormous benefit the School was enjoying from the donation of £22,130 from Spifox to fund a new sensory room. Parklands School is the only special school within Argyll & Bute catering for pupils with additional support needs of a severe / complex nature aged from 5 to 18 years of age. Gwen invited Mia, Maison and Jacob – three young pupils from the school – to explain how much they were enjoying the new sensory room – and they did so wonderfully well and brought huge smiles to the audience.

Alex Bauer, Josh McArthur and Shelbie McMurray from the GK Experience who spoke last year, returned again to explain the great benefit that they and GK had received from the mini-bus that Spifox had donated the previous year. Josh also stole the show again by explaining in his very funny way how appreciative he was at recently taking up an apprenticeship with Robertson Construction following his appearance the previous year at the Spifox Lunch and his discussions since with David McKenzie and the Robertson Construction team.

Musical entertainment on the day was provided by the excellent Ciara Harvie who sang wonderfully. Ciara appeared at our Edinburgh Lunch when she was only 14 years old and went on to appear on BBC's The Voice.

Comedian and raconteur Des Clarke orchestrated our fun fundraising game "Another Brick in the Wall" to great effect and hilarity. He also finished the day's proceedings by telling us many of his wonderfully amusing stores and anecdotes.

Auctioneer Ally Logan conducted the day's prize auction very amusingly and effectively raising over £24,000.

Thanks also to one of our previous beneficiaries, Isabel Mair School whose choir sang a number of their tunes in the foyer of the hotel as guests arrived. Thanks also to Gareloch Riding for the Disabled who brought along their disabled adapted riding carriage Spifox had purchased from the proceeds of last year's lunch.

As one event ends so the planning for the next year begins and we hope that when your thoughts turn to 2020 we can count on your support at next year's Glasgow Lunch again being held at the Hilton Hotel on Friday, 1st May 2020.