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Charity calls on talented Scots to take part in virtual fundraising event

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SPECIALIST charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) is calling on talented Scots to help save the organisation with a virtual fundraising event.

The charity, which provides a range of services to children and young people affected by complex conditions of spina bifida and hydrocephalus, is expected to lose up to £400,000 in fundraising this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The charity relies almost entirely on donations and must raise over £1million annually to continue supporting its 3,500 members.

To help raise vital funds, SBH Scotland will host its first virtual ‘Sunday Night Social – Live’ event on Sunday 07 June and is now looking for the people of Scotland to take part.

Those aged 16 and above are being encouraged to send in auditions of themselves performing their talents, whether its singing, dancing, acrobatics, comedy or more. Finalists will have their performance showcased live on the night, with viewers voting for their favourite entry via a text message that will donate £1 to the charity.

The event will be hosted by renowned entertainer and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Edward Reid via video link and London west end star, John Mclarnon, will also be on hand to entertain on the evening.

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland said:

“The cancellation of fundraising events across the country has had a devastating impact on the third sector. At SBH Scotland we receive little statutory support and the challenge ahead of us is incredibly difficult.

“Life in a lockdown can be unsettling for everyone, especially for those who require extra support in their day-to-day lives. Our Sunday Night Social is about getting together – albeit virtually – and having a good time, whilst also helping our staff and volunteers continue to provide support to those who need it most.

“This event is the first in what we hope can be a series of monthly get-togethers. We’ve taken the excitement, entertainment and production values of our large scale events and moved online for the ultimate Sunday night in. We know that there are some exceptionally talented people in Scotland who will be looking to show off their skills, and this event will be the perfect forum for that. So, please join us by sending in videos of your talents, no matter how silly or funny they are!”

The event will be held from 8-10pm on Sunday 07 June, the same day the charity’s 14th annual Ladies Lunch was due to take place in Glasgow.

Those who wish to enter should film their performance using a camera or smartphone, and email a link to download their film to talent@sbhscotland.org.uk before 29 May. Entrants must be over 16 years old.

Tickets to watch the event start at £5, with raffle tickets available to purchase on the evening. More info can be found at www.sbhscotland.org.uk/social

For more information on SBH Scotland, visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk/

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