Tartan Ribbon Dinner

Waverley Care Tartan Ribbon Dinner - Photo courtesy of Ivan Bartholomew

Waverley Care brought a touch of tartan to the beautiful surroundings of the Hub in Edinburgh for our Tartan Ribbon Dinner at the end of November.

The black-tie event, kindly sponsored by our friends at Meridian Productivity, brought together over 200 of our supporters for an evening of celebration, entertainment and, of course, fundraising.

Alongside the dinner, there was an impressive menu of donated prizes to support fundraising efforts. Among the prizes on offer were sun-soaked holidays, sporting spectacles and money-can’t-buy experiences, sold under the hammer of Bonhams auctioneer, Katherine Wright.  All in, the event managed to raise an amazing £20,650 to support our work.

Throughout the evening the contribution that our supporters make to our work, and the impact this has on the lives of people living with HIV or Hepatitis C, was highlighted. Outgoing Chair, Ann Park, and long-term supporter, Jimmy Quinn, of Meridian Productivity, spoke of the disproportionate impact that HIV and Hepatitis C have on some of our most marginalised communities. They highlighted the excellent work happening across Scotland with Waverley Care to challenge stigma and tackle the inequalities people face in order to reduce the number of new infections, encourage people to get people tested, and provide much needed support.

Proceedings were overseen by our tremendous MC, Stuart Goldsmith. The award-winning comedian guided our guests through the evening before treating them to a short stand up set. Throughout the meal, guests were entertained with music from students at St Mary’s Music School while the amazing Elliot Henderson baffled them with a little magic. Finally, as evening turned into night, there was music and impressions courtesy of Jess Robinson and Alex Silverman, and dancing with DJ Michelle.

We are incredibly grateful to Meridian and the Tartan Ribbon Dinner Committee for their support with the event, to all the wonderful companies and individuals who donated prizes for the evening, to Katherine Wright at Bonhams, to our hosts at the Hub, to all of our performers and, last but not least, to all of our amazing volunteers, supporters and guests.

Photo courtesy of Ivon Bartholomew