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Scots stars Karen Gillan, Fran Healy and Simon Neil added to Edith Bowman’s charity livestream line-up

© AFF-USA/Shutterstock Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan

Presenter Edith Bowman is set to entertain households across the country as she brings Scotland’s biggest celebrities together for a virtual charity fundraiser.

Now, Travis’ Fran Healy, Holywood actress Karen Gillan and Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil have been added to the ‘For the Love of Scotland’ stellar line-up.

Scotland’s biggest names in film, music, comedy, sport, literature and the arts – including Annie Lennox, Sir Chris Hoy, Irvine Welsh, James McAvoy and KT Tunstall to name a few – will virtually join Edith this Wednesday night, in a bid to raise £200,000 for the crowdfunder Masks for Scotland.

The Scots presenter will also share stories from the public about the community spirit being widespread across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.

All of the money raised from Edith’s livestream will fund the provision of PPE for key workers. Masks for Scotland has already raised over £80,000 in just over a week, with the first orders of PPE set to arrive shortly.


The Masks for Scotland crowdfunding initiative was founded by Professor Jill Belch of the University of Dundee, in response to the urgent need for PPE for community frontline medical teams across Scotland.

Professor Jill Belch said: “I’d like to thank the people of Scotland, and everyone from around the world, for donating so we can protect those who protect us. I’d also like to thank the Scottish Government for their support. They have told us that they want to do all they can to support our appeal and ensure it achieves maximum effect. I hope you all enjoy the show on Wednesday!”

Annie Lennox will be performing a special rendition of a traditional Scottish song, while Fran Healy, KT Tunstall, Sam McTrusty of Twin Atlantic, Simon Neil and Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian will also take to the virtual stage.

Edith will chat to some of Scotland’s biggest sporting stars, Sir Chris Hoy, Ally McCoist and Judy Murray, novelist Ian Rankin will treat viewers to an excerpt from his unreleased book, and Peter Mullan will tell a bed time story.

Creator and host Edith Bowman said: “For the Love of Scotland will be three hours of people coming together through music, prose, comedy, conversation and thanks, featuring both plenty of well-known faces and members of the public. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am to all the people who are helping us out and giving up their time. Now we just have to do it!”

Audiences are encouraged to submit stories which showcase Scotland’s community spirit throughout lockdown, whether that be anecdotes, shout outs or even a dance.

The event will run from 6-9pm on Wednesday 22 April from Gigs In Scotland’s social channels.

You can donate to Masks for Scotland here.