Lord Provost Banquet raises nearly £30,000 for charity

Two cheques for £13,392 were today presented to charities by Lord Provost George Grubb following a Banquet held in Edinburgh late last month.

The Lord Provost's Charity Banquet was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Tuesday 20 March 2012, attended by 340 guests.

HRH The Princess Royal was the guest of honour and speeches were delivered by the Lord Provost, Giovanni Benedetti CBE, and Mr David Tolley, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

HRH The Princess Royal also spoke following a short recital by internationally acclaimed violinist Nicola Benedetti, and Major General Mark Strudwick, Chief Executive of The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, gave a vote of thanks. 

The Lord Provost's Charity Banquet managed to raise a total of £28,514 for two nominated charities, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Hamlin Fistula Appeal and The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust. A £1,730 share of this sum has already been sent directly to the charities by donors.

Lord Provost George Grubb said: "We are absolutely delighted that thanks to the enormous generosity of those attending, the Banquet managed to raise such sizeable amounts for both of these very worthwhile causes."

Geoff Leask, Director of The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, said: "PSYBT are delighted to be a beneficiary of this wonderful event.  We are very appreciative of the invaluable support of the Lord Provost and his team over many years and look forward to this strong relationship with the City of Edinburgh Council continuing in the future."

David Tolley, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said: "We have been working with the charity Hamlin Fistula UK to improve the lives of thousands of women in Ethiopia who have developed obstetric fistula sustained during childbirth. Their incredible work to effect a surgical cure for these women, which also includes the training of midwives, strives to relieve their suffering and reduce maternal and foetal mortality. We are extremely appreciative of the Lord Provost for nominating our appeal to enable us to receive such a generous donation and we are certain the funds will make a significant difference in improving the lives of childbearing women in Ethiopia."

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