Time to splash the cash!

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AN ASTONISHING £45,000 was raised for two charities last week at a gala dinner.

Timothy Lovat, of Shawlands-based Edzell Property Management, organised the event at the swish Crowne Plaza hotel on behalf of the Search and Rescue Trust and the Fishermen’s Mission.

The evening saw some high-profile guests in attendance and, among the 400 people, was BBC Scotland journalist Sally McNair.

TV presenter Carol Smilie and boxer Gary Jacobs co-hosted a fundraising auction during the evening.

First minister Alex Salmond presented awards for outstanding achievement and bravery.

Timothy’s involvement with the charities came about quite by chance.

He had bought props from The Apprentice to aid the Children in Need appeal.

Wondering what to do with it when it arrived, he received a call from someone interested in acquiring the props.

Offering them for free, he was given tickets to a dinner in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission.

Speaking to those in charge of the evening, Timothy, from Newton Mearns, was appalled to discover that they didn’t have the ability to hold a bigger event.

Timothy decided to become involved and raise as much cash for them as possible. He told The Extra: “I am delighted to have brought together two very worthwhile charities who otherwise would not be able to hold such an event by themselves.

“My objective was to allow the Fishermen’s Mission and the Search and Rescue Trust an opportunity to raise their profile.

“This was achieved in abundance and to have been able to take over £45,000 on the evening with an additional £7,000 subsequently being raised as a direct result of the evening, I am delighted beyond any expectations I could have had”.

Timothy said it was a good lesson for others to learn. He continued: “I firmly believe that if you can, you should and I have proved that you do not need big, fancy sponsors or committees of people in order to organise a gala dinner – nor should fundraisers hide behind the economic climate excuse.

“With hard work and determination anything is possible and I would urge those people who have any time on their hands to invest it in helping others as it is the best investment that they will ever make”.

And Timothy’s involvement doesn’t stop here. He said: “I am hoping to run another event next year”.