So Precious ball raises £30,000 for sick kids

Alison Kilgour, Fiona Dowell, Hayley McMillan, Dawn Stuart, Lucie Ainsworth, Leigh Ronald, Lisa Ross and Lorna Blue on the James Bond themed night.

Alison Kilgour, Fiona Dowell, Hayley McMillan, Dawn Stuart, Lucie Ainsworth, Leigh Ronald, Lisa Ross and Lorna Blue on the James Bond themed night.

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Generous partygoers raised £30,000 to help sick babies and children at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Charity So Precious held the James Bond themed party night on October 2 at Airth Castle with 250 guest and smashed last year’s fundraising total of £17,000.

Founded by Alison Kilgour in 2011, So Precious supports maternity, neonatal and paediatric services in Forth Valley and is run entirely by volunteers to allow every penny to go to the hospital.

Alison, who has personal experience of the Forth Valley facilities, needed them when her son Liam was born in 2011.

She said: “We are truly overwhelmed by the figure achieved this year, quite speechless in fact – it is an amazing amount and we would like to thank our sponsors, supporters and those that gave so generously.”

Airth businessman Steven McLeod, chief executive of Aurora Hotel Collection, is the patron of So Precious and the ball was held in one of his venues.

Steven said: “I am honoured to be patron of So Precious. It is a privilege as one of Scotland’s business elite to be in the position to give something back to those who need it most.

“So Precious does amazing work and I’m delighted to support such a worthwhile charity and help it to grow and prosper.”

Since 2011, So Precious has raised £250,000 for Forth Valley services . The annual ball is its biggest event but they also host smaller fundraisers throughout the year.

The charity has eight trustees and Alison said this means the charity can give all proceeds to the hospital.

She said: “We all work and have children so we do all this in our spare time. Initially we wanted to raise £5-10,000 per year but the charity is close to many people’s hearts and we exceeded this target. We now raise in the region of £50,000 annually.”