Local woman on song as concert raises £1,000 for ARCHIE

The ARCHIE Foundation has benefited to the tune of £1,000 after receiving the proceeds of a sold-out Scottish country music concert.

John Morgan of The Homelanders, Leonard Brown, show organiser Vi Todd, Paul Philips of The Homelanders and Linda Meiklejohn of The ARCHIE Foundation.

More than 100 people packed into the Milnathort Town Hall for the special event on Sunday enjoyed music from traditional music sensations The Homelanders and Leonard Brown.

The afternoon of music and laughs raised the impressive amount for the official charity of the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

The event was organised by local woman Vi Todd who puts on monthly ceilidhs and shows in aid of various charities.

Vi also baked all of the cakes and sausage rolls and served up other refreshments for the interval which went down a treat and money made from that also went to ARCHIE.

She said: “I just love organising events. I usually put on ceilidhs but this was my first show and I was a nervous wreck beforehand but it all went well which was great.”

Vi is renowned for her events in the local area and revealed that tickets for the weekend’s show were quickly snapped up.

She said: “The tickets were printed in October and by the second week of November they were sold out – I didn’t even have to advertise them.”

Vi’s focus is now on her next ceilidh on Sunday February 17 but stressed people do not have to take part in the dances if they don’t want to.

She said: “Nobody has to dance, there’s a perception that you must come along and take part. But people can come along and listen to the music – it’s good fun.

“Just turn up and enjoy yourself.”

Linda Meiklejohn, of The ARCHIE Foundation, attended the show and praised Vi for organising such a fun and well-received event.

She said: “This was a such a fantastic and well-organised show. Everyone in attendance seemed to have a great time and the musicians loved it too.

“Thank you to Vi for letting me be a part of it and for choosing to donate the funds to The ARCHIE Foundation.

“It is a tremendous amount of money to raise as we edge ever closer to reaching our Tayside Children’s Hospital fundraising appeal target.”