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The official launch of the charity set up in memory of Manchester Arena victim Eilidh MacLeod was a resounding success with thousands raised to support music education for young people.
Around 250 people gathered in Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Friday September 6 for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust’s Tartan and Tiaras gala ball to mark its launch and to recognise the work done since the trust was established in October 2018.
Eilidh’s Trust was established in memory of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod from the Isle of Barra who died along with 21 others in the attack in May 2017. The trust aims to support music education for young people, reflecting Eilidh’s own musical ability and enjoyment as a piper. The trust will also manage and maintain a permanent memorial to Eilidh and a garden of remembrance and reflection on Barra.
Over the night, £18,000 was raised, with the majority of that coming from an online auction. Raffles and the on-the-spot sale of unique images of Scottish beaches which depicted the name of each table helped to boost the total. The money raised will allow Eilidh’s Trust to support young musicians to realise their potential by funding music education and performance opportunities.
The night also recognised the special work of two pipe bands within their communities. Donations of £1500 were made to both Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, which Eilidh used to perform with, and the Manchester Community Pipe Band.