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Caithness charity gig organiser 'blown away' by generosity

By Alan Hendry

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Artistes who supported MS Scotland by performing in the virtual gig organised by Jack Macphee.
Artistes who supported MS Scotland by performing in the virtual gig organised by Jack Macphee.

May 2 should have seen the third MS charity gig held in Thurso's Park Hotel – but, as with all other community events, it had to be called off due to the coronavirus outbreak.

However, organiser Jack Macphee was not going to be deterred. He called on a number of local musicians, most of whom would have been playing on the day, to film themselves from home and stage a virtual gig.

He also set up a JustGiving page for those who wished to donate to MS Scotland.

Artistes for the day were Jack Macphee, Donald Mcneill, Adam Wares, Keisha Sutherland, GrossT Ross, Danny Riddell, Keith Macleod, Shondie Maclean, Billy Macphee, the Chancers, Isaac Sutherland, Paul Gunn and Robbie McNicol. It was a huge success, showcasing a wealth of talent from the north Highlands as well as raising £4564.

Jack said: “I am just blown away by everyone's generosity. We initially hoped to raise around £500 and could not believe the total as it crept up and up throughout the day.

"MS Scotland is a charity that is close to my heart as I have a family member who has MS and I know what a debilitating disease it can be. A massive thank-you to everyone involved.”

Catherine Cowan, finance volunteer for the Caithness group of MS Scotland, said: “What a fantastic amount! It will help greatly as a large number of our normal fundraisers which require social interaction have had to be cancelled.

"This is the third gig that Jack has organised and he and his talented friends have raised over £10,000 in total. Thank you all so much.”

  • The gig can still be seen on Facebook, Music for Ms Charity Gig No 3, Discussion.

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