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Celebrate St Patricks Day By Raising Cash For Skff

Friday, 16 March 2012

TWO of the original band members from popgroup B*Witched are on the comeback trail as they jig their way to Scotland to raise funds for Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

Edele and Keavy Lynch from the Irish girl group, who topped the charts with number one hits including C’est La Vie and To You I Belong, are currently launching their new band – The Barbarellas.

The singing duo will be joined by veteran Father Ted actor Joe Rooney, who played Oasis-loving priest Fr. Damo Lennon, and Irish stand-up comedian Patrick McDonnell – who also had a role in Father Ted as ‘celebrity’ Eoin McLove.

The G1 Group is launching an amalgamation of activities this week to raise the vital cash boost for the children’s charity.

Throughout the week the must-see comedy nights will be held at the Three Sisters, one of G1’s Edinburgh pubs which also include Biddy Mulligans, the Ghillie Dhu, the Bank Hotel and The Granary.

The Barbarellas will take centre stage on Friday evening, while Patrick McDonnell and Joe Rooney will make guest appearances with a special Father Ted stand-up session taking place on Tuesday evening.

Biddy Mulligans is also getting in on the act by encouraging brave and hairy Irish-men to enlist in a mid-week Charity Wax-Off for SKFF on Wednesday.

Assistant manager of Biddy MulligansSharon Norris, said: “One of my close friends has raised money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation in the past. Her work really inspired me to do the same, and encouraged me to organise this event.

“St Patrick’s day is a really busy time in Edinburgh so we hope to encourage customers to dig deep and donate whatever they can spare to the pot.

“Hopefully the events will really pull in the crowds – it’s not every day you see a trio of Irish celebrities performing in the Three Sisters and burly Irish-men getting their chests waxed in Biddy Mulligans!

“We don’t have a target amount that we would like to raise, just as much as we possibly can.”

Will Guest, corporate and events fundraiser at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation: “The G1 group has planned a star-studded fundraiser and we are grateful for all of the hard work they have dedicated to making this event go off with a bang.

“We would like to say a massive thank-you to all of the staff taking part, customers who are donating money and the acts performing to make this event so popular.”

And on the eve of St Patrick’s Day an afro wielding Irishman will be holding his own inspired fundraising campaign for the charity. Kind-hearted Simon Keane will shave his thick coiffure into a Mohawk and spray paint it green in Malones Irish pub in the city.

Regulars and newcomers alike are invited along to witness the ceremonial head shaving at 8pm on Friday.

A night of fun-packed activity has been organised including a Guess The Weight of the Hair competition and a raffle. Tickets will be sold on the night for a chance to win a host of prizes including bottles of bubbly, t-shirts, Malones merchandise and vouchers for the pub.

Malones manger Simon Keane said: “I have been growing my hair for twelve months in preparation for this event and my vanity has truly gone right out of the window.

“I know people who have been admitted to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and they have been treated so well that I had to do something to raise money for them.”

Will Guest added: “Simon has spent a full year preparing for the Friday night event and we are grateful to him for the hair raising lengths he has gone to raise money for SKFF.

“Simon is a truly inspiring fundraiser and we wish him the best of luck for the night.”



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Issued on behalf of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation





The Sick Kids Friends Foundation helps sick children get better by funding extra medical equipment, improving facilities, financing specialised research and training and providing a wide variety of extra comforts for young patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, other health centres in the East of Scotland and in the Community. For more information please visit http://www.edinburghsickkids.org/