Brave Linda leads can­cer char­ity drive

Bands help Livi Live Aid to raise over £7000

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

A day- long fundrais­ing event or­gan­ised by mu­sic lovers to help Marie Curie has raised a stag­ger­ing £7342 for the char­ity.

Livi Aid Live was held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21, at Liv­ingston Foot­ball Sta­dium.

The day-long event, which sold out in the evening, fea­tured a host of bands, artists and en­ter­tain­ment to raise money for Marie Curie, a char­ity which sup­port ter­mi­nally ill can­cer pa­tients.

The unique event was or­gan­ised by Linda Tier­ney, Cather­ine Dray, Kevin Hen­der­son and Wul­lie Lang­don. Linda her­self is no stranger to fundrais­ing. She has thrown her­self into rais­ing money for char­ity fol­low­ing her own ter­mi­nal can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

Linda, ( 57), from Liv­ingston, learned be­fore Christ­mas that can­cer, dis­cov­ered two years ago in her ovaries, had spread to her bowel and liver and it was likely that she would only have 10 months to live.

But she is de­ter­mined to live life to the full and mar­ried her part­ner Robert in May sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily.

She also backed a char­ity sin­gle that was her first dance at the wed­ding which also raised money for Marie Curie.

Linda said the Livi Aid Live event would be the first of many and thanked ev­ery­one who had made it such a suc­cess. She said: “We have now raised £7342, which isn’t bad for a day’s work.

“Ini­tially it was go­ing to be a cou­ple of bands in a pub but I saw the big­ger pic­ture as I know the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple.

“It was an amaz­ing day and it will be back next year.

“Un­for­tu­nately I won’t be there but the rest of the team are gear­ing up and that is the vi­sion to make it a yearly event.

“We will also be hold­ing other events dur­ing the year to help other good causes like the Food Bank and others – but the big event will al­ways be for Marie Curie.”

The event was spon­sored by Pol­lock (Sco­trans) Ltd, who also of­fered the chance to name one of their ve­hi­cles in an auc­tion.

And there was some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing face paint­ing, pet­ting zoo, creepy crit­ters, bands, karaoke, photo booths and more.

Fiona Bushby, com­mu­nity fundrais­ing for Marie Curie, paid tribute to Linda and the other or­gan­is­ers.

She said: “Satur­day was an in­cred­i­ble day and we want to say a huge thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported the first Livi Aid Live fes­ti­val.

“But, es­pe­cially, we would like to thank Linda, whose con­tin­ued fundrais­ing ef­forts for Marie Curie will en­sure that more peo­ple liv­ing with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness get the care and sup­port they need.

“Linda is a true in­spi­ra­tion to us all.”

Ini­tially it was go­ing to be a cou­ple of bands in a pub but I saw the big­ger pic­ture

Char­ity champs Or­gan­is­ers Linda Tier­ney, Cather­ine Dray, Kevin Hen­der­son and Wul­lie Lang­don

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