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I have worked in public relations and marketing communications for 30 years. My focus is small charities. I am on the board of two charities, with a remit to look after public relations,marketing and fundraising. I also work with St Columba's Hospice in Edinburgh and two or three more. I also deliver presentation and media skills training under the banners "In the Best Light" and "Media Savvy".

“A little bit of politics”

ParliamentEveningHR20050313[1] The Scottish Parliament at night

We are delighted to have the support of a number of Scottish politicians for our fundraising event on 26 January!

MSPs Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik and Graeme Pearson have very kindly donated prizes to our auction: lunch for two , plus two tickets to First Ministers Questions and a tour of the Parliament building at Holyrood – very interesting for those of us who have often passed by but never been inside!


Holyrood’s Debating Chamber

Not only that, but Anas Sanwar, MP for Glasgow Central, has given us lunch for two at Westminster, plus a tour of the House of Commons, which I’m very tempted to bid on personally!

We are also delighted to announce that Dr Amanjit Jhund, Scottish Sikh Parliamentary candidate for East Dunbartonshire in the 2015 election will be at the Burns Supper and will deliver the toast to the haggis!


Glasgow born Dr Jhund studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, received his post-graduate degree from Harvard and is an award winning entrepreneur.

We’re so looking forward to his toast!

And let’s not forget that Scotland’s First Minister has signed a copy of the White Paper on Devolution for the auction as well.

It should be a very interesting evening…………..

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What a swell party this is!

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More than delighted that Hardeep Singh Kohli will be our Master of Ceremonies on 26 January.

Lots of exciting things have been happening over the past few days.  Let me tell you about just some of them!  We have been overwhelmed with generosity: fantastic Scottish writer Ian Rankin (of Rebus fame) has donated two signed copies of his books for our auction



and the lovely Julia Donaldson has donated two sets of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child – one a special edition and both signed, to the auction as well.  Great bedtime reading for those of you who have tiny peeps!


Maybe not so entertaining, but a piece of Scottish history: the First Minister of Scotland, Mr Alex Salmond has signed a copy of the White Paper on Devolution which we will also auction on the night.

Thanks SNP!

I have just confirmed a marvellous choreographer, Jaimal Mistry, who will be running the fashion show for the event and it will be fabulous! Thanks so much to him and to our stylist Priya Walia Creative – they are both donating their time to the event and travelling up from the Midlands to help us out.

Watch this space for more announcements over the coming days.

I’d like to mention again that we have a bone marrow donor registration event during the day at the Glasgow Gurdwara, which is one of a triumvirate of events happening that weekend in Glasgow, Coventry and London.  Please do try to come along to the Gurdwara and find out about becoming a donor – it only takes minutes to register, swab and save a life!

Please book your tickets for the event here: 

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow on 26 January at 6.30 pm!

“I love it when a plan comes together”

I’ve wanted to do something in Scotland since first becoming involved with The Jaskomal Foundation, Delete Blood Cancer and Gaurav Bains’ campaign in autumn of last year.

Having made contact with the wonderful Manjinder Shergill, East Dunbartonshire Councillor, who opened the doors to the Glasgow Gurdwara for our bone marrow donor registration event, we had the idea of a Burns Supper with a twist, and so Glasgow’s First Tartan & Turbans Burns Supper was born!


We went ‘live’ at the start of the Festive season and already, two tables of ten have been sold, as well as a few single tickets.  Manjinder and I will of course also be taking tables, so hurry to book yours before it is too late!

We can promise exciting and different entertainment, involving both traditional Scottish and Punjabi musicians, as well as a fashion show, auction and raffle.

In deference to our Sikh guests, the menu will include the traditonal Burns Supper offerings of Scotch broth (vegetarian) with a hint of Indian spice, haggis (‘ordinary’ and vegetarian) with neeps and tatties and of course the delicious cranachan, with or without whisky sauce!

Alcohol is not included in the ticket price, but a cash bar is available for those who enjoy a wee dram or a glass of wine.   A table of ten is £250.00 while a single ticket is £30.00.

Psychomoda, a fabulous shop in Edinburgh which designs quite unique tartan and velvet frocks and delightfully glamourous evening dresses will provide the fashion for our fashion show:

psychomoda nightwalk

and the lovely Priya Walia Creative is our official photographer and creative stylist for the evening.

You can book tickets and find out more here:

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Lots more exciting things to come!  Hope to see you on the night (and maybe at the Gurdwara earlier in the day)

glasgow donor event leaflet