People: Fundraisers enjoy an evening with a prince

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THE Duke of Rothesay opened up the Palace of Holyroodhouse last week to welcome 100 Scottish businesswomen who have signed up to raise £1,000 each for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Prince Charles noted he has been linked to the charity for a long time: “I was astonished this evening to discover I have been patron for 15 years; it has all gone rather quickly. I was particularly flattered originally to be asked, because I didn’t think all the ladies would really want me.”

Members of the Breakthrough 100, who enjoyed the royal wine, the flowers and the company of the elegantly uniformed equerries, were not at all disappointed.

Red, red wine…

It was all about red – 50 shades of the colour, according to the chaps from Ediston Properties who hosted a party to launch the just-finished 145 Morrison Street office building in Edinburgh last week. Male guests were sent splendid red silk ties, while women received red silk scarves to wear at the event. Celebrants then took part in a red wine tasting quiz devised by Francesco from Valvona & Crolla.

“Our theme stems from the red feature stair in the building, and of course my passion for Hearts football club,” Ediston director Andy McKinlay said, ensuring no-one mixed up the event with anything else that had “50 shades” in its title. He also added it was inspired by his “raging red eyes and face over the last few weeks in trying to get the project over the line”.

Elegant disappearing act

Bosses at accountant Ernst & Young had a card up their sleeves when entertaining guests at last week’s Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year awards bash at Gleneagles.

Once the speeches were out of the way and David Lamont of Proserv had claimed his crown, young Edinburgh associate Will Harrison did the rounds and stole the show with a series of magic tricks. His sleight of hand was far too good to be detected by the assembled grandees at such an advanced stage of the evening, prompting at least one wag to ask if he could also make a tax liability disappear.

She’s a good sport

Dundee University’s sportswoman of the year Jenny Tan has signed up to run an athletics camp in Edinburgh over the summer for Dalkeith-based business Excel Sports Academy.

The events, at St George’s School for Girls, cover a wide range of activities, including football, gymnastics and tennis, as well as diving and even rock music.

Tan, 22, who is studying law, said that athletics offers young people many benefits beyond the physical, including “making friends, developing self-discipline and improving confidence”.

“It’s fantastic to see how Scottish children have been inspired to keep the Olympic torch burning, and I hope to help young people of all levels and ages enjoy the excitement, improved fitness and greater confidence that athletics can bring,” she says.