The 58th Women of Scotland Lunch was held at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow and the overwhelming sentiment is that the fundraiser for Kidney Research UK was a huge success.
Many of the ladies who were invited to lunch commented favourably and some even said this was the best lunch they could remember.
There were certainly some great chats going on round the 40 or so tables and the speakers were excellent, all on the theme chosen by outgoing Executive Chair Debbie Butler “Taking Difficult Decisions”.
Miss Lorna Marson spoke of her career as a surgeon specialising in kidney transplants and the difficulties she has to face when assessing patients suitability for deceased donor transplants. Ever-changing medical advances have not yet delivered the cure for kidney failure however, and the only treatments are dialysis or transplant.
Louise Macdonald OBE CEO of Young Scot, the youth information and citizenship charity, spoke of the challenges facing some of the young people she meets. She raised the statistic of 25% of children in care who say they do not feel loved. Her powerful speech gave the audience much to think about.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson is herself a transplant patient, but caused much laughter across the room when she explained how she very nearly died of heart failure first before the diagnosis of kidney failure was delivered! This showed why she is the person who gave her name to the girls’ comic in the 1970s the Jackie, and is also a highly successful author with a huge following among younger readers.
The committee estimates that Kidney Research UK will benefit by around £20,000 from the lunch but a final figure will be calculated over the next few weeks.
Honorary Chair Viv Lumsden was her usual professional self and carried the day’s events with effortless charm.
The next Women of Scotland Lunch will be held on 22 April 2016.