Scottish stars are spreading Christmas cheer this festive season in support of the Beatson Cancer Charity’s bauble appeal, with seven, specially designed, hand-made four-foot 3D baubles about to decorate the streets in the west of Scotland.
Game of Thrones star Kate Dickie, Line of Duty cop Martin Compston, telly favourite Lorraine Kelly, singer songwriter KT Tunstall and Still Game’s Isa, Jane McCarry, have put pens to paper and designed a Beatson Bauble to help raise vital funds for patients and families affected by cancer in Scotland this Christmas.
Tunnock’s and A.G. Barr, have also designed a bauble each, depicting a gigantic Tunnock’s teacake and IRN-BRU’s Christmas jumper.
Building on the success of the ‘Beatson Bauble Appeal’ which has run for the last three years, Beatson Cancer Charity is now encouraging people to go ‘Off the Beatson Bauble Track’. Found in public places across the West of Scotland, Christmas shoppers are encouraged to find and share the larger-than-life baubles on their social channels using the hashtag #BeatsonBauble in support of Scotland’s leading cancer hospital, which helps over 8,000 new patients at its facilities each year. Each bauble also has a collection box for those wanting to donate.
Actress Kate Dickie, whose Beatson Bauble is a Christmas pudding, said: “It was a real honour for me to be asked to design a Beatson Bauble. I lost my dad to cancer so it’s something which is close to my heart. The Beatson do incredible work. My design is about me wishing for everyone to have enough to eat, for there to be peace in the world and for love to abound.”
Singer Songwriter KT Tunstall, who’s wishing everyone a rockin’ Christmas with her Beatson Bauble, said: “It is never easy to deal with cancer, but it’s especially difficult during holiday seasons. Music is such an essential part of Christmas, and I wanted to create a bauble design that would remind us of some of the great Rock ‘n’ Roll bands and artists who over the years have added some attitude and edge to the sweetness of the Christmas playlist, and they remind us that you have to keep your sassiness to survive the season!”
Actress Jane McCarry, who designed a fairy inspired Beatson Bauble, said: “Christmas brings out the best in folk. It’s a time for hope, faith and charity and the Beatson sits at the heart of that. I’m delighted to support such a fantastic charity and as I usually play the fairy godmother in panto every year, I thought a wee bit of magic and fairy sparkle would be just the thing for my Christmas bauble. I lost my aunt Jean earlier this year and she always bought me an advent calendar. Without fail, she would tell me the story of how the fairy ended up on the top of the tree. It always made me laugh, so I hope this bauble brings a smile to the faces of those who spot it. Merry Christmas everyone.”
Lorraine Kelly, said: “I was honoured to be asked to design a Beatson Bauble and support the Beatson Cancer Charity which offers a truly unique service to those affected by cancer and their families. My design is inspired by the hundreds and thousands of penguins I saw with my husband Steve during our amazing anniversary trip to Antarctica. And as well as being very cute, what’s more Christmassy than penguins?”
Actor Martin Compston, said: “Cancer has in some way affected each and every one of us. At this time of year it can hurt that little bit more with loved ones no longer with us to celebrate Christmas. With this brilliant campaign, Beatson is using this time of year with the colour and joy it can bring to raise awareness and funds to continue taking the fight to cancer in the West of Scotland.”
Ian Reid at A.G. Barr said: “Beatson Cancer Charity does incredible work to help beat cancer while supporting patients and their loved ones at the Beatson Cancer Centre. We’re backing the Beatson Bauble Appeal with a phenomenal bauble inspired by the IRN-BRU Christmas jumper.”
Mr Boyd Tunnock, said: “Tunnock’s is absolutely delighted to have been asked to support the Beatson Bauble campaign. We are sure the Teacake Beatson Bauble will help spread the word about the amazing work the Beatson does.”
Graham Soutar, chief executive at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We’re so excited to bring our bauble appeal to life, and really spread the Christmas cheer this year. Thank you to all our celebrity and business partners who have dedicated time to design our seven Beatson Baubles.”
This Christmas, Beatson Cancer Charity is asking everyone who has been touched in some way by the care and support provided by the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and related hospitals to get involved and hang a Beatson Bauble, available to purchase here.
The baubles will be in place from 28 January until 6 January 2018.
KT Tunstall’s Rock ‘n’ Roll bauble at St Enoch Centre, Glasgow
Kate Dickie’s Christmas Pudding bauble at intu Braehead
Irn Bru’s Christmas jumper bauble at Soar at intu Braehead
Lorrain Kelly’s Penguin bauble at Silverburn, Pollock
Martin Compston’s Football bauble at Oakmall, Greenock
Jane McCarry’s Fairy Godmother bauble at The Forge, Parkhead
Tunnock’s Teacake bauble at Mackinnon Mills, Coatbridge
All funds raised from the appeal will help the charity provide specialist staff posts including nursing, radiography, physics and research based staff as well as funding enhanced medical equipment, innovative service developments, novel research projects and educational initiatives to support the 8000 new patients who attend the Beatson and its related facilities each year.