Charity raffle launched for Oban wedding package worth thousands

Brian MacDonald was diagnosed with MND aged 42

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Oban businesses have united to donate a wedding package worth £10,000 to be raffled to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.

Karen MacInnes organised the raffle after Oban man Brian MacDonald was diagnosed with the disease (to find out more about Brian and his situation, turn to page eight).

Karen said: ‘Many of you will know that Brian [MacDonald] has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of only 42.

‘This is a devastating illness for Brian and his close family so by donating just £10 and with an opportunity to win this fantastic wedding prize of over £10,000 is a small step into making a difference to MND.’

Karen is no stranger to fundraising. In 2018, she organised the renowned We’ll Walk This Road Together charity concert in the Corran Halls, which raised more than £15,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.

‘As a keen fundraiser I am always wanting to try make a difference to not only the person suffering, but to their families,’ Karen added. ‘We have decided to pull together as much of a wedding package as possible to raise money for MND Scotland.

‘The money raised will go towards supporting families and also into the massive research for the disease. ‘

Prizes include a venue and catering for 75 guests thanks to Argyllshire Gathering Halls, as well as table and chair covers, table centrepieces, and a wedding arch, should the winners choose to have their ceremony in the venue.

The couple will also receive £350 towards wedding flowers from Thistle and Rose; £350 towards a wedding cake from Natalie’s Cupcakery; LJF Photography will capture the event from ceremony until first dance; Marina’s Bridal has donated £500 for dresses; and Chalmers Oban has given £330 towards a fitted kilt.

Oro Rosa beauty salon will provide the bridal make-up and nails; The Beauty Lounge has donated a full set of lashes and eyebrow wax/tint; Raven Hairstyling and Barbering will give a gents’ haircut and hot towel shave; The Iona Shop has donated £50 towards wedding bands; Oban Executive Car Hire will drive the bride; Niall Jordan will pipe on the day; a band has also been provided; and favours will be supplied.

The winner will be announced on Valentines Day 2020 and the venue date is set for February 13, 2021.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is donate a minimum of £10 and leave your name on

People can enter as many times as they like.