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Billy Boyd and the cast of Sunshine on Leith sign a musical score from the show for charity auction

Sick children and Angus autism carers group will benefit from sale

Musical score set to aid charities

By Stacey Horne

Billy charity

Published: 23/10/2010

A north-east father who took part in a gruelling hike on the 10th anniversary of his son’s brain operation will conclude his fundraising with an auction next month.

Iain Ross, group financial controller at Craig Group in Aberdeen, recently completed a 500-mile walk around California in aid of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and the Angus Carers Autism Group.

The 46-year-old and his wife Sue, 47, have been fundraising for 10 years, since their son Callum suffered a massive seizure four days before his first birthday.

He was taken to hospital in Edinburgh, where he had an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Callum went on to make a full recovery. He and his brother Fraser, eight, have autism and have received support from the Angus Carers Autism Group.

Mr Ross, of Old School House, Glenisla, set off on the 500-mile challenge at the beginning of September with the aim of raising £5,000.

He said: “We have raised almost £5,000 already and I would like to personally thank everyone who donated towards the sponsored walk.

“I’m glad to say we managed to exceed our 500-mile target by completing 556 miles. In total we managed about 86,000ft of vertical ascent.

“We are concluding the fundraising with an auction and raffle to tie in with the Proclaimers and the 500-mile theme.

“The cast of the Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith have donated a signed vocal score from the show to be auctioned. I must say a huge thank you to Hilary Brooks, the musical director, and Billy Boyd and the rest of the cast for signing it.”

The items to be auctioned off, on November 20 also include an overnight stay at the Malmaison Hotel, tickets for a Premier League football match, an overnight stay at St Andrews, golf for two at Marriott Dalmahoy Championship East Course plus many more lots.

Sunshine on Leith is a Proclaimers-based show starring Billy Boyd, who is probably best known for playing Pippin in The Lord of the Rings. It runs at HM Theatre in Aberdeen until Saturday.

To donate, bid for an item, or for more information, see www.justgiving.com/Were-Gonna-Walk-500-Miles-support-Iain

Read more: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1976545#ixzz13DlY9xF3

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