Thousands raised for charity at Sportsman’s Dinner

More than £4,000 was raised for the Shetland branch of Alzheimer Scotland at a recent Sportsman’s Dinner hosted at the Sella Ness Accommodation.

The funds from the three-course dinner, enjoyed by 160 guests and including a speech by former Scotland football manager Craig Brown, will go to the Shetland Musical Minds Group.

The group welcomes all people with dementia and their families, friends and carers. Sessions are led by music therapist Alice Mullay and are based around a wide range of songs and different styles from across the ages.

Everyone is encouraged to sing and to play instruments if they wish and to share their own musical preferences and histories.

At the event Mr Brown reminisced about his days as the Scotland national team manager and reflected on his time at Aberdeen, Preston and Motherwell.

He was accompanied by Patrick Rolink, stand-up comedian and director of Albion Rovers FC, and fellow comedian, TV & Radio presenter Des McLean.

Funds were raised through a number of activities at the event. Sports memorabilia was auctioned off with some eye-catching framed and signed shirts by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and a boxing glove signed by Mike Tyson.

A Shetland FM spokesman thanked NorthLink, Alex Morrisons, Mid-Brae Inn, Shetland Office Supplies, Rangers FC, Ocean Kinetics and Shetland Distillery Company for their kind donations to the raffle.

The event was sponsored by Morrison Construction, Hughson Brothers and Shetland FM while Andrews Buses provided transport.