Scots actor Gerard Butler is urging ladies across Scotland to take part in the ultimate girls’ night in to help raise vital funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).
The Big Girly Quiz, which will be streamed live on Facebook on Friday, June 5, has been organised in place of four ladies lunches and the charity’s annual Rocking Horse Ball, which have all had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hollywood actor will join a host of other famous faces participating in the event, which will be jointly hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay and Britain’s Got Talent star Edward Reid.
The 50-year-old actor – known for his starring roles in films including 300, Law Abiding Citizen and the Fallen franchise - has committed to asking a question at the Big Girly Quiz, which he describes as a “fabulous fundraising event” in a special video recording.
Gerard, who now lives in California, said: “I know it’s hard for everybody just now but especially for charities who rely on donations.
“CHAS is a beautiful organisation that provides palliative care, family respite and support throughout Scotland and right now those families are needing your help more than ever.
“So on Friday, June 5, CHAS will host its first ever Big Girly Quiz on Facebook Live.
“We will challenge you on all your knowledge of movies, music, fashion and so much more, so get a group of your friends together, virtually of course, and join me and other surprise guests on the night.
“Together we can really get through this.”
Topics included in the Big Girly Quiz include music, chick-flicks, showbiz and sport. There will also be lots of laughs, singing and dancing on the night as
well as a raffle with top prizes to be won.
Diane Alton, CHAS high profile events manager, paid tribute to Gerard and everyone involved in the event.
She said: “We are so grateful to Gerard for his support for our first ever Big Girly Quiz which will be hosted by the amazing Edward Reid and Fred MacAulay who have kindly offered their time for free.
“I would also like to personally thank YOURgb Events for their expertise in helping us run the quiz.
“We’re thankful to have received some incredibly generous donations for our raffle from existing CHAS supporters including Pickering’s Gin, Boozy Events, Amazon, Kinghorn Bodyshop, Brewin Dolphin, Tunnocks and Ava Innes.
“I would also like to recognise Thorntons Solicitors, who were our headline sponsors for this year’s Rocking Horse Ball which was due to take place on the same day as the quiz.
“Finally, thanks must also go to the fantastic Edinburgh band, BLEEKER, who are long-time friends of CHAS and are contributing to the music round of the quiz. Despite all their events being cancelled this year they are continuing to support CHAS and many other charities.
“The Big Girly Quiz really is shaping up to be the perfect girls’ night in so please invite all your friends and family to take part to help us raise as much money as possible for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children.”
Like many other charities during the current situation, CHAS has had to dramatically transform the way it operates. While both Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch are continuing to provide end of life care, the charity has also set up the UK’s first ever virtual children’s hospice to support families who are having to completely self-isolate.
It offers support to families by phone and video on clinical guidance, financial advice and bereavement support, and there’s also a range of interactive activities including art clubs, storytelling and friendship calls led by the family support teams.