Fundraising heroes Phil and Aly join forces with pupils who care

Musician Phil Cunningham with Queensferry High School pupils
Musician Phil Cunningham with Queensferry High School pupils

Scots musicians Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain are staging a concert to help raise cash for a care group in Queensferry.

The duo will join forces with pupils from Queensferry High School for the fundraising concert at the school on Thursday, November 27.

This week Phil, who featured with violinist Nicola Benedetti at the 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Glasgow, visited the school to conduct a a music workshop with pupils.

The concert, which is already sold out, is one of a series of fundraising events which Queensferry Churches Care in the Community
 (QCCC) is undertaking.

David Pomfret, QCCC chairman, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, our fund-
raising heroes, for agreeing to host this concert and also to the staff and pupils of Queensferry High School for their fantastic enthusiasm in joining in to help put the concert together.”

The local care group has offered valuable services for older people and carers in Queensferry and rural West Edinburgh for over 21 years, providing day care, carer support, befriending, a supper club and a memory cafe.

Fundraising has become an essential element of the work QCCC carries out.

Without it the group would not be able to continue to provide such services to older people.

Most recently, volunteers took part in an abseil off the Forth Bridge to raise funds.

Their fundraising target for this year is £30,000 and while they are supported by Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian, they need to raise this additional amount to deliver these services.

The charity is planning to hold an open evening at The Haven, 25B Burgess Road in Queensferry early in the new year and would like to hear from anyone who wants to get involved in joining their fundraising team or be part of their volunteer group.

Call 0131 331 5570 if you are interested and they will arrange a date to suit.

There is no obligation, other than to go along to hear what opportunities they have available.