Soap stars’ Loch Fyne Ho­tel gig boosts spe­cial­ist can­cer char­ity

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

A UNIQUE week­end fundraiser, head­lined by the stars of Em­merdale, has raised more than £ 5,400 for a spe­cial­ist can­cer char­ity.

The York­shire soap’s fab four­some, Gemma Atkin­son, Michelle Hard­wick, Laura North and Amy Walsh, per­formed a live set as the ‘Em­mer­dolls’ at Loch Fyne Ho­tel and Spa, and they were even joined by show favourite Do­minic Blunt, who plays vet Paddy Kirk.

In all, £ 5,475 was raised for Blood- wise, for­mally known as Leukaemia and Lym­phoma Re­search, dur­ing a week­end of fun which also fea­tured Top Gear’s ‘The Stig’ and the op­por­tu­nity for guests to take a spin in some of the finest cars in the world.

Blood­wise has been work­ing to beat blood can­cer since 1960. They fund world- class re­search; pro­vide prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port to pa­tients and their loved ones. Vi­tally, they also raise aware­ness of blood can­cer.

The In­ver­aray ho­tel is owned by Scot­tish ho­tel chain Cr­erar Ho­tels which has awarded £7m of grants to over 400 or­gan­i­sa­tions over the last 16 years. Marc Gard­ner, gen­eral man­ager of Loch Fyne Ho­tel and Spa said: ‘We had a daz­zling week­end with the stars of Em­merdale. It was fan­tas­tic to be able to raise over £ 5,400 for Blood­wise.

‘ We’re com­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity in which we live and work, and so be­ing able to present Blood­wise with this cheque was a great priv­i­lege.’

Mem­bers of the Dunoon branch of Blood­wise re­ceive their cheque from Marc Gard­ner.

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