‘FOR THE LOVE OF SCOTLAND’ BRINGS TOGETHER THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST STARS TO RAISE URGENT FUNDS FOR ‘MASKS FOR SCOTLAND’
IAN RANKIN, JACK LOWDEN, JAMES MCAVOY, JEAN JOHANSSON, KT TUNSTALL, LAUREN MAYBERRY, MARTIN COMPSTON, NCUTI GATWA, PETER CAPALDI, PETER MULLAN, RICHARD RANKIN, SAM HEUGHAN, SAM MCTRUSTY FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR LIVESTREAM FUNDRAISER
Join Edith Bowman on Wednesday 22nd April, as the broadcaster is joined by an array of Scottish talent in a livestream to raise money for new charity initiative, Masks for Scotland, as it aims to provide crucial PPE for frontline workers around the country. With appearances from Scottish actors, musicians, writers and more, Bowman will host an evening of appreciation to raise funds, along with the nation’s spirits. With Ian Rankin, Jack Lowden, James McAvoy, Jean Johansson, KT Tunstall, Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES), Martin Compston, Ncuti Gatwa, Peter Capaldi, Peter Mullan, Richard Rankin, Sam Heughan and Sam McTrusty (Twin Atlantic), plus more still to be announced, the evening will include music, literature, poetry and chats with Scotland’s favourite stars, as well as stories from the public about the incredible community spirit seen across Scotland during lockdown. The stars will join forces with fans to give thanks to the frontline workers with one aim: to raise vital funds for Masks for Scotland.
The Masks for Scotland crowdfunding initiative was founded by Professor Jill Belch of the University of Dundee, in response to the urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for community frontline medical teams across Scotland. 100% of the money raised will fund the provision of PPE for key workers and Masks for Scotland has already raised over £60,000 within a week, with an overall fundraising target of £200,000. The appeal has already attracted support from Scottish actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming and Joanna Vanderham with the first orders of PPE arriving in Scotland this week.
Professor Jill Belch said, “The Medical Teams who protect us must be protected too. We know that the bigger the viral load, the worse the disease. Day in, day out, these teams are exposed to very high viral loads. We must help save their lives, the lives of their families and their patients by providing correct PPE. This fund raiser will save lives – thank you so very much to all who donate.”
Aiming to help Masks for Scotland reach their target, Edith Bowman will host a livestream on Gigs In Scotland’s social channels from 6pm – 9pm on Wednesday 22nd April. Viewers can tune into the stream on the Gigs in ScotlandFacebook or YouTube and enjoy highlights such as singer KT Tunstall who will treat viewers to a musical performance, author Ian Rankin as he reads an excerpt from his new, unreleased book, and Twin Atlantic’sfrontman Sam McTrusty performing cover songs dedicated to NHS workers in his family, plus many, many more.
With more talent and performances to be announced, ‘For the Love of Scotland’ looks set to be a night to remember in an unmissable show of support for the country’s community frontline staff.
You can also show your support for Masks for Scotland and those carrying out exceptional work in this unprecedented time by donating directly here.