St Columba’s Hospice Live Life Ball raises £400k – Scotch Whisky News

St Columba’s Hospice Live Life Ball raises £400k

October 2012 The St Columba’s Hospice Live Life Ball, held at the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, raised a record £400,000 on Saturday evening. The one-off bottle of St Columba’s ‘AOIBHINN’ Ardbeg Reserve, in a unique bottle designed by Maeve Gillies, raised £27,000 alone.

Janice Gammell, Chair of the Live Life Ball Committee, said: “This is an amazing result and I speak for the committee when I say we have been humbled by the support we have received. Raising £400,000 is more than we ever imagined and it’s a privilege to know that thousands of people over the next 35 yrs of St Columba’s Hospice will benefit from one night of generosity and kindness.”

Margaret Dunbar, Chief Executive of St Columba’s Hospice, said: “Our ambitious plans for a £26 million rebuild of St Columba’s Hospice are well underway and this amazing result will bring us one  step closer to completing the project. We offer our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of this event. We will return to our spiritual home in Trinity, overlooking the Firth of Forth, in Spring 2014. Our new St Columba’s Hospice will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality of care for the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians for the next 35 years.”

Lesley Christie, Fundraising Director, St Columba’s Hospice, said: “This is without doubt our most successful fundraising event ever and we have been overwhelmed by the support and goodwill which has been shown towards St Columba’s Hospice. We are enormously grateful to our Live Life Committee for their incredible commitment to making this event such an overwhelming success, and to everyone who came long and supported us on the night.”

For further information please contact Jen Wood at St Columba’s Hospice on 0131 551 1381 / 07552 167967 /


ST COLUMBA’S HOSPICE has been caring for patients in Edinburgh and the Lothians with cancer and other terminal illnesses since 1977. The Day Hospice, In-Patient Unit and Community Nursing Team are all vital resources, providing specialist care to over 1,000 people and their families each year. The Hospice aims to help people live as actively as possible, from diagnosis, right up to the end of their lives. As well as the highest quality of clinical care, the Hospice also offers emotional, spiritual and practical support to patients, their families and carers. St Columba’s Hospice aims to help people face the most difficult experience they will ever go through, with confidence and dignity. All services are given completely free of charge. St Columba’s Hospice is currently being completely rebuilt to create a state-of-the-art specialist palliative care facility. The Hospice has temporarily decanted all clinical services to Kirklands House, Gogarbank for the duration of the rebuild project. St Columba’s Hospice will return to Trinity, North Edinburgh in 2014. St Columba’s is a charity, not part of the NHS. It costs over £6m per annum to keep our Hospice running and the Hospice is dependent on donations to find 67% of that money. The rebuild project will cost £26 million, £2.7 million of which still needs to be raised.

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