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Women of Scotland Lunch 2018

The Women of Scotland Lunch 2018 will be held on 27 April at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. Our chosen charity for 2018 is Bloodwise.

The Bloodwise vision is simple: we’re here to beat blood cancer.

Their mission: We stop people dying from blood cancer, we make patients’ lives better, and we look for ways to stop blood cancer happening in the first place. We won’t stop until every single person with blood cancer survives and no one dies from blood cancer again. 100% survival, nothing less.

We make people’s lives better
People with blood cancer should be able to live their lives to the full: free from the fear of relapse; free from side effects and free to do the things they love. We’ll work to improve quality of life until blood cancer no longer has an impact.

We look for ways to stop people getting blood cancer in the first place
If there are ways to prevent blood cancer, we’ll find them. We’ll uncover how blood cancer works, so we can stop it happening.

There will be more information about the lunch announced in due course. 


Women of Scotland Lunch 2017 – our speakers

The 60th Women of Scotland Lunch was held in Glasgow today at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Over 500 women attended the lunch where they heard speeches from The Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP who regaled us with tales of her time as a reporter in Kosovo, Dame Professor Sue Black who used to work in a butcher’s shop (a great training for her work as the country’s foremost forensic anthropologist), and a heart-rending account of what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s from Diane Goldberg a Trustee with Alzheimer Scotland.

Rev Sarah Ross invited us to Question Time at Blantyre Parish Church next week and had us all standing reciting the Lord’s Prayer as we might have done at school in days gone by. (last year she had us singing!)

The theme today was Reflections – all the more poignant when those with dementia lose their memories of times with family and friends.

The diamond anniversary lunch raised funds for the leading dementia organisation in Scotland and the total will be announced in due course although it is likely to be over £30,000.

The Women of Scotland Lunch began in 1958 when Bill and May Hamp-Hamilton first held a lunch for women of influence from across Scotland. Today’s lunch was a record-breaker in more ways than one as we had two Dames of the British Empire in attendance, something we do not think has been achieved before!

WOSL 2017

Press Release – Women of Scotland Lunch 2017

The 2017 Women of Scotland Lunch will take place on 21 April 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel 301 Argyle Street Glasgow.

Some 400 women from all over Scotland are expected to attend this extra special 60th anniversary lunch to support this year’s chosen charity, Alzheimer Scotland. Invitations have now been issued by email and by post.

The lunch began in 1958 when Mrs May Hamp-Hamilton and her husband Bill organised the first one. He was a newspaper and shipping executive and she was a teacher.

The Women of Scotland Lunch convenes a selection of influential women from all over Scotland ‘to celebrate their success in many and varied endeavours’.

On the invitation list there are at least 50 or more doctors of one shape or another, and there are guests from the Caribbean to Cumbernauld. And there are the ladies from Brechin!

Chair of Women of Scotland Lunch Rowan McCall-Smith said: “We are delighted to be carrying on the legacy of Mrs Hamp-Hamilton some 60 years after she began the Women of Scotland Luncheon.

“This year we are supporting the work of Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia, which sadly is well-known to so many across the country.

“The calibre of our speakers in this Anniversary year is once again outstanding with Professor Dame Sue Black, Scottish Anatomist and Forensic Anthropologist, The Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and Diane Goldberg who is a Trustee of Alzheimer Scotland, all speaking on the theme of ‘Reflections’.

“If you would like to be added to our invitation list which includes women of achievement from across the country, then please email before 31 March 2017.”

Anna Devine, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Alzheimer Scotland, said: “Everyone at Alzheimer Scotland is incredibly honoured to be chosen as the beneficiary of this very special Diamond Anniversary Women of Scotland Lunch in Scotland.

‘All funds raised from the lunch will help us to support our vital support services for anyone affected by dementia from the Borders to the Western Isles. We are hugely grateful for the support of the organising committee and the attendees – through the funds and awareness that you will raise you are helping us to ensure that nobody has to face dementia alone. We can’t thank you enough.”

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s leading dementia charity. Dementia affects over 90,000 people across Scotland and by 2020 it is estimated that there will be over 1 million people living with the illness in the UK. To support this growing demand Alzheimer Scotland offers a wide range of vital support services including our 24-hour Freephone National Dementia Helpline which provide information, care and emotional support to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Alzheimer Scotland is a leading force for change by lobbying for the rights people living with dementia, investing in dementia research and raising awareness to help reduce the stigma associated with the disease.

The charity is passionate that nobody should face dementia alone and is working across communities to help raise vital funds to support dementia support services including, Dementia Advisors, dementia resource centres across Scotland and the dementia research centre based at the University of Edinburgh.