Sci-fi fans raise £73,000 for children's hospice

Costumed superheroes at a sci-fi convention have helped raise £73,608.97 for Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Monday, 13th March 2017, 12:53 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:08 am
Some of those who helped raise the cash for CHAS
Some of those who helped raise the cash for CHAS

Over 7000 sci-fi fans beamed down to the event to celebrate movie, TV and comic book culture, and help CHAS – which runs Rachel House in Kinross.

Highlights from the weekend, held at Meadowbank in Edinburgh on February 18-19, included appearances from Hannah Spearritt (Primeval and S Club 7), Marc Silk (voice of Johnny Bravo and Scooby Doo), Spencer Wilding (Rogue One’s Darth Vader) and exhibitions from iconic film and TV sets such as Jabba’s Palace and Dr Who’s Tardis.

Overwhelmed by the amazing success of the event, organiser and community superhero, Keith Armour said: “I want to thank everyone who has supported the event, for their passion and dedication. We never thought we would be able to raise this much money and have smashed last year’s total.

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“CHAS holds a very special place in my heart and the money raised will go a long way towards supporting children with incurable illnesses and their families across Scotland.”

Laura Campbell, CHAS Fundraiser, said: “After months of hard work, I am so proud of what Keith and his incredible group of supporters have achieved for CHAS.

“Through their infectious passion for all things sci-fi and giving back to the community, they’ve managed to raise a staggering amount of money which will greatly help us with our work to reach and support every baby, child and young person in Scotland with a life-shortening condition.

“I love getting to work with each and every one of the Capital Sci-Fi Con team, and on behalf of CHAS, I want to thank them for their phenomenal achievement.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s event.