Sports stars help raise £100k for charity

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Celtic captain Scott Brown was amongst those who took part in Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity’s annual Sports Quiz

25th July 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Celtic and Hearts captains Scott Brown and Christophe Berra are just two of a number of sports stars who have helped an Edinburgh children’s charity to raise a staggering £112,000.

Past and present sporting legends – including Gavin Hastings, John Souttar and Paul Cain – took part in Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity’s (ECHC) famous annual Sports Quiz. Now in its eighth year, this is the first time the money raised at the quiz has broken the £100,000 barrier.

The sell-out evening took place at Prestonfield House Stables. Alongside the quiz, a silent and live auction to further boost fundraising potential was also held, with one prize selling for an incredible £11,000.

ECHC supports and complements the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC). All money raised from the quiz will go towards helping children, young people and their families to have a positive hospital experience.

Frank Cusack, a long-term supporter of ECHC, has led the organisation of the quiz for the past eight years. His son, Adam, previously spent time in hospital so he has experienced the work of the charity firsthand.

Frank said: “Thanks to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, my family enjoys the greatest prize of all every day - our son’s life. Every ‘good morning dad’ is a reminder of the great work of this hospital, its staff and the charity.”

Roslyn Neely, chief executive of ECHC, said: “This is an amazing effort by all those who took part in this year’s Sports Quiz and it’s incredible that we have smashed the £100,000 mark for the first time.

“We exist to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital so that they can be a child first and a patient second and these vital funds will help to do just that.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us to hit this target, and especially to our committee members who have supported the quiz for many years, including Frank Cusack, as well as Roisin Doyle and Lyn and Iain Cains.”

ECHC believes that nothing should get in the way of being a child and works to make sure children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness. It distributes around £1.5 million per year to support the RHSC and other children’s healthcare settings across Scotland.