MacAulay to open Hollybush House summer fete
Comedian and BBC Radio presenter Fred MacAulay will open this year's annual Hollybush House fundraising summer fete on Saturday June 9, helping to raise much-needed funds for Combat Stress.
The fundraising event, which will kick off at 12pm, has been organised by staff, volunteers, friends and families of Hollybush House and is set to draw in crowds from across Ayrshire.
The family fun day will feature a host of stalls to include face painting, tombola, a grand raffle, home baking and an afternoon tea. Entertainment will be provided by the award winning Dalmellington Junior Brass Band and Scottish singing sensation Nicola Cassels, who will also drop by for a special guest appearance.
Clive Fairweather, chief fundraiser for Combat Stress in Scotland said: "The summer fundraising Hollybush House fete has become a popular calendar event and a huge amount of time and effort goes into making it a success year after year. We are thrilled that Fred MacAulay has found time in his busy schedule to come down to Ayrshire to support our Veterans. I hope as many people as possible will bring their friends and family, making it a great day out for everyone involved.
"Without the generous support of the public we can't continue to deliver the outstanding services the staff at Hollybush House provide for our war Veterans."
In addition to raising money for Combat Stress, the event will also help to raise awareness of the invaluable support the charity provides for Veterans suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. In Scotland, Combat Stress provides a network of multi-disciplinary Community Outreach services in addition to the short stay treatment at Hollybush.
Combat Stress launched 'The Enemy Within Appeal' last year which aims to raise money to ensure that all Veterans in the UK have access to prompt treatment, care and support, raise awareness of their needs and encourage them and their families to seek help sooner.