Cash boost for Rachel House thanks to sci-fi fans

A Kinross childrens home felt the power of The Force after an Edinburgh Sci-Fi Convention raised a staggering �37,000 for the Scottish Hospice service.

Pic credit: George Geddes
A Kinross childrens home felt the power of The Force after an Edinburgh Sci-Fi Convention raised a staggering �37,000 for the Scottish Hospice service. Pic credit: George Geddes

A Kinross children’s home felt the power of ‘The Force’ after an Edinburgh sci-fi convention raised a staggering £37,000 for the Scottish Hospice service.

The team behind Edinburgh’s first ever sci-fi convention visited Rachel House Children’s Hospice on April 9 to present a cheque for £37,680.68 to the charity.

The event, which was held at Meadowbank Stadium in February, welcomed hundreds of sci-fi enthusiasts from across the country over the course of the weekend.

Highlights included meeting Darth Vader himself, Dave Prowse, and all the incredible costumed characters, with all profits raised donated to Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), the only hospice service in Scotland for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

Keith Armour, event coordinator, said: “CHAS holds a special place in my heart and I’m overwhelmed by the support and awareness the Capital Sci-Fi Convention generated for the charity. The money raised will go a long way towards helping families supported by CHAS, but we can do more! Next year’s event is already taking shape and it’s going to be bigger and better. I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work!”

Plans are already underway to make the convention an annual event with organisers hoping to expand it to reach a wider audience.

Laura Campbell, CHAS fundraiser, said: “A huge thank you to Keith and everyone involved with the sci-fi convention. The amount raised is amazing and will help families across Scotland.

“Keith’s support of CHAS and the event have been nothing short of phenomenal. His dedication to helping children and families in Scotland was evident at the convention and his team of volunteers did an incredible job ensuring that Keith’s vision paid off!”

Rachel House also received a £4600 boost from the East Neuk Friends of CHAS group based at Kingsbarns, which handed over its cheque to the charity at its AGM. “An enormous thank you to the marvellous East Neuk Friends of CHAS, an amazing effort,” said a CHAS spokesman.