A (13) grand night out

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THE recent St Cadoc’s Charity Sportsman’s Dinner saw an amazing £13,000 raised for a variety of worthwhile causes.

Around 200 people gathered at the Redhurst hotel to enjoy a three course meal and after-dinner speeches from Tam Cowan, Donald Findlay QC and Tosh McKinlay.

This was followed by both an auction and a raffle containing some incredible prizes, including signed football strips, directors’ box seats at matches next season and trips to some highly reputable restaurants.

Each of the speakers, who did not charge appearance fees, selected a charity to which funds raised on the evening would be donated.

St Andrew’s Hospice, chosen by Tam Cowan, received £5,000; Fighting Against Cancer in Edinburgh (FACE), supported by Donald Findlay QC, received £2,000; and The Celtic Foundation, nominated by Tosh McKinlay, also received £2,000.

That left £4,000 to be allocated to the on-going work of Newton Mearns-based St Cadoc’s Youth Club, a football organisation at which over 350 young people in the East Renfrewshire area are associated with.

Dotted around the audience were many well-known faces from Scottish football, such as Billy McNeill MBE, Andy Walker, Fraser Wishart, Gus McPherson, Cillian Sheridan, Ryan Stevenson and Tony Higgins.

Billy McNeill MBE, ex-player and manager of Celtic, who was the event’s guest of honour, said: “This was a great night, raising a lot of money for good causes.

“Well done to the Youth Club and all three speakers for making the effort to make this happen”.