Brave Linda leads cancer charity drive
Bands help Livi Live Aid to raise over £7000
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