Redding musician's Facebook gig raises huge sum for Strathcarron Hospice

A musician has coined in more than £6000 for a palliative care service after holding a five-hour online gig.

By Jonathon Reilly
Thursday, 21st May 2020, 12:25 pm

Redding singer Dougie Smith crammed in as many tracks and requests as he could during his Facebook Live set on Saturday with the aim of supporting Strathcarron Hospice, a cause which is close to his heart.

The Singalongathon for Strathcarron fundraiser was dedicated to Bill Laird, the father of Dougie’s friend Fiona Young, who died earlier this month and was looked after by nurses at the Fankerton-based service.

Originally from Carronshore, Dougie knows just how vital a role the hospice plays in the area and has held various fundraising events on its behalf.

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Singer Dougie Smith raked in more than £6000 for Strathcarron Hospice via a Facebook Live set. Picture: Michael Gillen.

As an asthmatic, Dougie has been self-isolating for the duration of the lockdown and, while it’s proved tough, he admits the time spent alone has given him a chance to try his hand at new numbers.

A run of virtual performances has been lapped up by his fans and friends online and last weekend’s show was no different with a peak audience of 260 tuning in.

Dougie said: “The gig was amazing. I did five hours and 20 minutes and raised £6200 – the target was £300.

“All of Bill’s family were watching. I was quite emotional.

“I’m a celebrant and I know a lot of people who have lost spouses so I did their favourite songs. It was an amazing response, I’ve got such good friends.

“The last hour, I really struggled because my back was sore and I refused to sit down.

“I had three £20 bets where if I went to the toilet I’d pay the money to Strathcarron and if I didn’t my friends would and I managed not to go!

“I’ve been doing gigs for the last eight weeks. I’d like to thank everybody who’s been listening to me because they’ve kept me going.

“The page is still open and I’m going to keep it open until the weekend.

“I know a lot of amazing people who were cared for in this amazing hospice. Strathcarron need every penny they can get.”

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