QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, received the best kind of Christmas present, raising a huge £80,000 at its annual festive fundraiser.
Generous guests dug deep yet again as they enjoyed the charity’s 22nd Noel Lunch with a programme of fine food and entertainment at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.
Following last year’s £1 million milestone event, Fred MacAulay returned as guest speaker for another historic afternoon for Quarriers, along with entertainment from the Singer Swingers, as it raised its highest-ever amount at a formal event – generously topped up to £80,000 by Faxco and Samsung.
All funds raised at this year’s Noel Lunch will go towards the charity’s range of children and families services which help thousands of families across the country through residential, respite and drop-in services, as well as offering nursery facilities, emotional and practical support and health advice, among others.
Speaking at the event, Alice Drife, Quarriers’ chief executive, said: “Quarriers children and families services will benefit greatly from everyone’s efforts and it’s very humbling to see so much support for a service that has a hugely positive impact on the daily lives of so many people.
“As well as our guests, particular thanks must go to Fred for being as entertaining as always, Phil Genoe for his tireless efforts, along with the rest of the Noel Lunch committee and Glasgow Marriott staff, to make the day a success.
Phil Genoe, chair of Quarriers Noel Lunch Committee, said: “It’s been another fantastic year and I’m overwhelmed by the sheer generosity of our supporters.
“It’s always a brilliant event and I take personal pride in this fundraising milestone which is a very welcome bonus.”
As one of Glasgow’s longstanding festive social fundraisers, Quarriers’ Noel Lunch is the charity’s flagship annual event, raising awareness of its services and generating funds to help deliver its range of inspiring projects.
As one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, Quarriers provides practical care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances.
Quarriers runs over 100 services across Scotland, working to support adults and children with disabilities, young people facing homelessness, families facing poverty, unpaid carers and people affected by epilepsy.