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A singer from Bannockburn has raised over £3000 for Strathcarron Hospice on Saturday during an online fundraising gig.

Scott McGill, a 28-year-old electrician, performed via Facebook live from his living room with a PayPal link for viewers to donate money that will go to the hospice.

McGill wanted to do something to help out Strathcarron Hospice, who are facing troubling financial times during the Coronavirus outbreak.

“The hospice is really struggling with everything that’s going on, they can’t have any fundraising events so they need all the help they can get, and with all of us sitting in the house not doing much, we can help,” he told Brig.

“The hospice needs £200,000 a month and when I spoke to them they were only at £30,000. What I’ve managed to raise isn’t even a portion of that.”

His internet gig started at 6 o’clock and raised over £3,800.

His inspiration to donate to the hospice goes back to when he was 12-years-old. His Aunt Kathleen passed away at Strathcarron aged 38, leaving behind three of Scott’s cousins, aged 7, 12, and 14 at the time of their mother’s passing.

“At 12, that was my first time seeing illness and how it really impacted someone’s life, it was really scary to see at such a young age.

“The work that they do really is incredible, when they are dealing with end of life care.

“The way they care for people is just amazing. Its a great charity at the end of the day.”

McGill thanked everyone who donated and watched the gig, which had an audience of over 260 people watching.

“At first I was only expecting maybe 50 or 60 folk but when I saw how many I was totally overwhelmed.

“Thanks to everyone who donated, everyone who tuned in and shared the video. I was totally over the moon.

“I really appreciate it and I know the hospice will too.”

McGill has a following in Stirling and all over Scotland playing regular gigs at Molly Malone’s pubs in Stirling, Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

He had a message for everyone amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

“Hope everyone sticks by the rules. It helps everyone and gets us back to normality as soon as we can.

“Stay safe guys.”

Freelance award-winning journalist | Best Journalist SPARC Scotland 2021 | Stirling Uni Class of 2021 | Former Deputy Editor - Brig Newspaper | Bylines in The Scottish Sun, The Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser, The Barrhead News, The (Renfrew and Johnstone) Gazette, Brig Newspaper, The Oban Times, Stirling Today and Tales From Lockdown.

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