Mrs Brown’s Boys’ actor Gary Hollywood and rock’n’roll bagpipers the Red Hot Chilli Pipers star at a fundraiser in Killearn for ex-Celtic player John Hartson’s charity next month.
Gary – who has just finished filming the movie version of the hit comedy – is hosting the annual Big Shindig, held in memory of Balfron woman Lisa Morrison who lost her battle to cervical cancer in February 2012.
Proceeds from this year’s event are going to The John Hartson Foundation, set up by the ex-Hoops hero following his 2009 battle with testicular cancer which spread to his lungs and brain and left him fighting for life.
Gary, who plays hairdresser Dino in the BBC smash-hit, has agreed to be an ambassador for the Foundation and revealed he had his own cancer scare back in 2000 when he found two lumps on his testicles.
He said: “I was only 21 and didn’t think anything could be wrong as I had no idea about testicular cancer. It took me a year to go to the doctor and everything was fine but given what John went through I’m well aware now that it could have been so different.
“His story is amazing and inspiring and that’s why I’m more than happy to do anything I can to help raise funds and awareness. We’re looking forward to another fantastic night in Lisa’s honour.”
Gary, 34, has supported the Big Shindig since the event was first organised three years ago by Lisa Morrison’s friend Libby Emmerson. The Buchlyvie woman has continued to fundraise in Lisa’s name and decided to donate the proceeds of this year’s event to The John Hartson Foundation after becoming the charity’s UK Fundraising Manager last October.
Libby said: “We’re delighted Gary is hosting The Big Shindig for the third year running and with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers playing too, it promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment in Lisa’s memory.”
Last July, John played in the annual five-a-side tournament – The Big Shinkick – held in Lisa’s honour at Drymen Football Pitches.
He said: “Both these events are a fantastic way for friends and family to remember Lisa, and it’s so important to keep raising awareness of all cancers and the importance of self-checks and early diagnosis.”
For the Big Shindig, Gary will be joined by Scots bagpipe sensations the Red Hot Chilli Pipers whose fusion of rocked up bagpipes and pop sees them perform covers of Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’, and Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ among other classics.
Since they walked away with the top prize on primetime TV talent show, ‘When Will I Be Famous’ in 2007, the band has thrilled audiences from New York to Beijing as well as home-grown fans.
The Scottish theme continues with young musicians The Tatties whose mash up of traditional and modern ranges from ceilidh classics to Bryan Adams and Biffy Clyro. A surprise act from London is also on the bill.
The Big Shindig takes place in Killearn Hall, Balfron Road, Killlearn, on Saturday, February 15, from 6pm. The evening starts with a drinks reception and includes a three-course meal and a variety of great auction prizes. Tickets cost £500 for a table of 10 or £50 per person.
To book tickets, contact John Hartson Foundation Fundraising Manager UK Libby Emmerson now by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07961 543254.