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Tartan and Tiaras Ball raises £20,000 for Eilidh MacLeod charity

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

The Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust’s Tartan and Tiaras Ball on 6th September celebrated the launch of the new charity set up in memory of Barra teenager Eilidh MacLeod.

Over 200 guests joined us at Òran Mór to enjoy an evening of fundraising with drinks reception, dinner, spectacular entertainment, live music, Ceilidh and the chance to bid for some amazing prizes in both silent and live auctions.

Eilidh’s Trust was established in October 2018 in memory of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod from the Isle of Barra who died along with 21 others in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017. The Trust aims to support music education for young people reflecting Eilidh’s own musical ability and enjoyment as a piper and member of the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band. The Trust will also manage and maintain a permanent memorial to Eilidh and a garden of remembrance and reflection on Barra.

Singer and broadcaster Michelle McManus, actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli, Glasgow-Hebridean band Trail West and bagpipe rock band Drums and Roses joined a host of young and upcoming musicians at the event.

“The ball was a resounding success and exceeded our expectations.
The warmth shown to the trust and our ambition of supporting other young musicians to follow in Eilidh’s footsteps was marvellous, and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of everybody who attended the ball.

The atmosphere was amazing, with many travelling long distances to be with us at Oran Mor.”

Suzanne White, founder of Eilidh’s Trust