Edith Bowman will host a charity livestream next week packed with Scottish talent in a bid to raise money to help provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers.
For The Love of Scotland, an evening of entertainment and appreciation, will take place on Wednesday April 22 and aims to support the Masks for Scotland initiative in helping those fighting against Covid-19 across the country.
Famous faces featuring include the likes of Ian Rankin, Peter Capaldi, Lauren Mayberry, James McAvoy, Sam Heughan and KT Tunstall.
Also on the line-up are Jean Johansson, Martin Compston, Ncuti Gatwa and Peter Mullan.
Edith said: “As the weeks have been passing, more and more I’ve been working out how I can do something to help. After a friend drew my attention to an amazing event in Wales last week, with a number of well-known Welsh faces, I thought, ‘I ought to do that!’
“I wanted to create an event that had a purpose, was a way of saying thank you to all those selfless people putting themselves in danger to help others and celebrate this extraordinary community spirit that we are seeing.
“Jo at Masks For Scotland had just been in touch to ask for my support, the work that she and her mum Jill are doing is wonderful, so it felt like the perfect fit.
“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!”
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.
100% of the money raised will fund the provision of PPE for key workers and Masks for Scotland has already raised over £60,000 within a week, with an overall fundraising target of £200,000.
The appeal has already attracted support from Scottish actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming and Joanna Vanderham with the first orders of PPE arriving in Scotland this week.
Professor Jill Belch said: “The medical teams who protect us must be protected too. We know that the bigger the viral load, the worse the disease. Day in, day out, these teams are exposed to very high viral loads.
“We must help save their lives, the lives of their families and their patients by providing correct PPE. This fund raiser will save lives – thank you so very much to all who donate.”
The livestream will take place between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday via Facebook and YouTube.
Among the appearances, KT Tunstall will treat viewers to a musical performance, author Ian Rankin will read an excerpt from his new, unreleased book, and Twin Atlantic’s frontman Sam McTrusty will perform cover songs dedicated to NHS workers in his family.
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