Beatson Cancer Charity’s Bard & his Belles Burns Supper has raised an incredible £50,487.38 which will allow the charity to continue investing in scientific research, funded posts and patient and care services.
On Friday 17 January, over 400 guests came together to celebrate Scotland’s favourite poet, Robert Burns, and the ladies that inspired him. Guest speaker for the evening was Benny Higgins, currently the executive chairman of Buccleuch, strategic advisor to the First Minister and formerly the chief executive of Tesco Bank.
Benny was joined by BBC reporter and presenter Alison Walker, who was the host for the evening, and after-dinner entertainment was performed by Glasgow-born singer Terry Neason. Benny said:
Guests enjoyed a three-course Scottish-themed dinner, a range of Scottish music and entertainment from family trio Cup O’Joe and Ceilidh band Well Plaid, as well as auctions and a quiz.
Thanks to generous donors, auction prizes included a chance to join the Radio Clyde presenters in the studio, a pair of VIP tickets to TRNSMT festival and an original piece of art by Elaine Johnston.
Martin Cawley, Beatson Cancer Charity Chief Executive, said: “The Bard and his Belles event is always a great start to the year and a fantastic opportunity to spend time with as well as thank all of our supporters.