Com­mu­nity spirit ‘off the scale’ at fundrais­ing gigs

The Oban Times - - News - MON­ICA GIB­SON mgib­son@oban­

COM­MU­NITY spirit was ‘ off the scale’ at two mu­sic events which raised more than £1,500 to sup­port a Fort Wil­liam fam­ily.

‘Ryan’s Gig’ took place in the Crofter Bar last Satur­day night, Jan­uary 14.

Four bands per­formed and in­stead of buy­ing tick­ets, rev­ellers were en­cour­aged to make a do­na­tion to help the fam­ily of Ryan White­ford who was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia just be­fore Christ­mas.

Brian Jamieson, a fam­ily friend of the White­fords, helped or­gan­ise the events and per­formed with his band Para­dox. Brian told The Oban Times the evenings were a great suc­cess and that while he could not be­lieve peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity, he also was not sur­prised. He said: ‘The Crofter was rammed and the at­mos­phere was bril­liant.

‘It is Jan­uary, peo­ple are skint and the weather has been rub­bish, but every­one was there to have a good time and for a good cause. The bands were in se­ri­ously top form so I think the crowd were want­ing to show their sup­port for the fam­ily but also their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances. I’m a Glas­gow boy but the Fort is my home as well and I’m al­ways proud to call it that!’

Play­ing along­side Para­dox were We are Soul, Cigar Box and Soltie Wo­taa.

An­other event in MacChuills, Glas­gow, raised £400, in­clud­ing £100 from the bar.

‘A big thank you to MacChuills and the Crofter who also added £ 350 to the pot. I know the White­ford fam­ily well and although things have been tough for them, a cou­ple of days be­fore the gig they found out Ryan’s leukaemia, which is the most treat­able form, looks as though it is in re­mis­sion, so the night had a sense of cel­e­bra­tion about it as well.

‘There is a long way to go for Ryan but it was re­ally nice to have a bit of good news and a bit of op­ti­mism.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Cigar Box per­form at Ryan’s Gigs in Fort Wil­liam last week­end.

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