Next Lunch

The 2019 lunch will be held on Friday 26th April at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.  The lunch is now fully booked.  Guests can arrive anytime from 11am, the reception begins at 12 noon, with lunch at 12.30pm sharp. It should end by 3.30/4pm.

This year’s charity is the Mental Health Foundation Scotland, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019.

With prevention at the heart of what they do, their aim is to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that everyone can thrive. Good mental health is fundamental to living a happy and healthy life, but compared to physical health, so little is still known about mental ill health and how to prevent it. That must change. Their work impacts so many people throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, including:

  • Families who have been bereaved by suicide
  • Children with life limiting and long-term conditions
  • People who have experienced neglect and abuse
  • Children and Young People
  • Mums and Babies

Every pound raised at the lunch will help tip the balance in favour of a world with ‘good mental health for all’, and will specifically go towards kick-start work with adolescent mothers living in Scotland.  This is one area they have not yet been able resource but remains a serious gap in both policy and service provision in Scotland.

The speakers for the 2019 lunch are Sarah Brown, campaigner for global health and education, Dr Catherine Calderwood FRCOG FRCPE, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and Amal Azzudin, who is the Equalities and Human Rights Officer at Mental Health Foundation Scotland and one of the original ‘Glasgow Girls’, as featured on the BBC and by the National Theatre of Scotland.

Sarah Brown, Chair and Chair of Trustees of the children’s charity Theirworld and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education, is a passionate advocate for global education and health issues and her work brings together the worlds of business, philanthropy, social media and charity campaigning. Through these roles, as well as her involvement in co-founding the Maternal Mortality Campaign , Sarah provides strategic leadership to worldwide efforts to save and change the lives of women and children.

Catherine Calderwood is the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. Catherine continues to work as an obstetrician at a regular antenatal clinic at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. As well as being responsible for the Health Promoting Health Service initiative which aims to tackle health inequalities and improve health across the population of Scotland, she is leading work to improve the health of those working in the public sector, specifically NHS and civil service staff.

Amal Azzudin, is one of the original ‘Glasgow Girls’, as featured on the BBC and by the National Theatre of Scotland. Amal is Equalities and Human Rights Officer at Mental Health Foundation Scotland, where she primarily manages the refugee programme, including the Sawti project, as well as being a high profile activist. She was recognised by The Saltire Society as a ‘Young Outstanding Woman of Scotland’ in 2016 following in the footsteps of JK Rowling, Annie Lennox and Sarah Brown.

The Guest Chair is Fiona Stalker, BBC News presenter and one of two regular presenters of “Seven Days”, the Saturday evening news and review programme on the new BBC Scotland channel. When not presenting on TV, Fiona is a reporter based in BBC Scotland’s Aberdeen newsroom.

We are very grateful to Joseph Bonnar jewellery for kindly donating a stunning vintage pendant of free-flowing white diamonds encased in crystals and bordered by 70 brilliant cut yellow diamonds, as the main prize draw. (Please note that the Promoter is the Women of Scotland Lunch, not the Mental Health Foundation Scotland.)

The event is strictly by invitation only and invitations have been mailed or emailed at the end of February. If you can’t attend but would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please visit our Just Giving page: