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Online parties will raise cash for Highland Hospice; Scooty and the Skyhooks, RhythmnReel, Dark Horse and members of Torridon among musicians performing Party In Your Place

By Philip Murray

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FESTIVE party fun will be beaming straight into Highland living rooms this Christmas – and raising funds for a good cause.

The Highland Hospice has joined forces with local bands and festival organisers to put a little sparkle back into Christmas – all while sticking to current Covid-19 restrictions.

The charity’s 'Party In Your Place' festive fundraiser will enable groups of work colleagues, friends or families to enjoy live music and join in the fun from the comfort of their own homes.

Limelight Event Services, based in Carsegate, will stage and broadcast three fun packed live party nights on Friday, December 4, 11 and 18.

The likes of Scooty and the Skyhooks, Kenny Smith and Michael Macmillan from Torridon, and RhythmnReel are among the acts lined up.

The third of the three nights will also see the Hospice join forces with Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival to bring a range of live music, including Dark Horse.

Each party will take place between 8pm–10pm and will be broadcast via YouTube.

Highland Hospice fundraiser, Emma Nicol, said: “We are so excited about this venture, and are delighted to be joining forces with Limelights, Belladrum and so many fantastic local acts to deliver these parties. It is free of charge to join the fun, we are simply asking for a donation to Highland Hospice.

"So many people have commented about how disappointed they are not to be able to have a Christmas party this year, so we are providing the next best thing. The idea is that you can link with your colleagues, friends and family over a video conferencing link such as Zoom or FaceTime whilst watching the live party on YouTube.”

“It’s a chance to get your festive glam on and have fun, music and drinks with whoever you choose when you can’t be in the same venue together.”

“These nights will be as interactive as possible – we are setting up a Twitter account where you and your group can contact the host, send in your photos and ask for requests and shout outs. We’ll also be throwing in some fun extras where a willing member of your group might be thrown into the spotlight!”

She added: “Special thanks to Limelight Event Services for working with us on this to deliver high quality parties, all of the bands who are performing – and to Dougie and all at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival for making our final night so very special.”

“With all of our fundraising events having been cancelled, we need support at this time more than ever before. It’s been a tough year not only for Highland Hospice, but also for local bands and businesses, so we are delighted to be helping provide a little bit of sparkle to the end of 2020 in return for a donation.”

Dougie Brown, event producer for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Highland Hospice and Limelights to bring some much needed festive cheer straight into people's homes this December and can’t wait to party with everyone!”

Full details about how to join ‘Party in Your Place’ via YouTube and make your donation either by text or online can be found by visiting the Highland Hospice Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yourhighlandhospice.

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