Burn House concert raises cash for charity

Pictured are the audience being entertained the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Pictured are the audience being entertained the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Organisers of a fund-raising concert held at the Burn House are celebrating a successful event after they raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Irene Gillies and Cheryl Birse organised an evening with St Andrews University’s Gilbert and Sullivan society to raise money for the Goodwill and Growth for Africa charity. The event is held annually to support the cause.

The event was held on Tuesday, January 21, and the entertainment featured songs from Gilbert and Sullivan, including items from ‘The Mikado’ and ‘Yeomen of the Guard’.

Irene said: “Once again it was a very happy evening. The concert was excellent. It was wonderful to see the young people having a wonderful time as was the audience. We would like to thank them once more and assure them the money will be well spent in improving the standards that many families in South Africa and other African states have to live with. The audience truly enjoyed the whole evening.”

On behalf of herself and Cheryl, Irene added: “We would like to thank David Turner and his staff at the Burn House for their hard work in preparing for the concert and for their hospitality to all the young people and to our very supportive audience.

“We would once again like to thank the people of Brechin, Edzell and surrounding areas for their support. Thanks also to all the shops in the Brechin area which very willingly donate the lovely gifts, and Glencadam Distillery for their famous bottle of whiskey which for many was the big attraction at the raffle table. I would also like to thank the ladies who sold the raffle tickets.

“We have a very generous community and we do appreciate how kind they are towards Cheryl and I in helping us support Goodwill and Growth for Africa.

“This year we made £801 and £141 was used to pay for the wine which went along with the ticket.”

The rest of the money raised will go towards the charity.

Speaking on the charity the money will go to help, Irene explained: “Goodwill and Growth for Africa is a small organisation which works alongside another small Scottish group and they pool their resources so that many things can be accomplished a lot quicker. Charlie Homer is the only paid member in Britain.

“He goes to South Africa twice a year and he will be going over in April to oversee all that Goodwill and Growth for Africa have been doing is satisfactory and what more could be done to make things even better.