Pipe Band Raises Funds for Highland Hospice in Memory of Denis

17th July 2013

Pipe Band Raises Funds for Highland Hospice in Memory of Denis

A ceilidh organised by the Inverness British Legion Pipe Band, held in memory of former Pipe Major Denis Swanson, has raised £5,401.55 for Highland Hospice.

The fundraising dance, organised by life long friend Donnie MacKenzie and supported by over 200 people, was held on 31st May, and marked the anniversary of the popular Pipe Major’s death.

Christine Goddard who is a member of the band and helped to organise the event said, “We were all overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who helped to make this event happen.  Many people donated prizes, some of which were so high in value that we decided to auction them. Our auction alone raised in excess of an incredible £2,000.”

She added, “This was a fitting tribute to Denis who had been a member of the band since he was 15, having joined straight from the B B.  Denis is missed greatly by the band as he always fought our corner.  He was also well-known around the Highlands as a friend and highly respected business man, being founder and former head of Swanson Timber Preservation for many years.”

“We chose the Hospice as we all know how important the care it provides is.  My own father in law was cared for by Highland Hospice and my mother-in-law continues to be gratefully supported by the charity following his death.”

Linda Macdonald, Highland Hospice Fundraising Manager said, “We are extremely appreciative of this generous donation raised in memory of Denis Swanson, who clearly was a hugely popular and well respected local man.  Thank you so much to Christine, Lynne, Gillian and Donnie, the committee who organised this wonderful event.  These funds will make a difference to the patients and their families who continue to rely on our care.”

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