The 2016 Women of Scotland Lunch will take place on 22 April 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Argyle Street Glasgow.
Some 350 women from all over Scotland are expected to attend to support this year’s chosen charity, Music in Hospitals Scotland. 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 Luncheon as it was called till recent ‘modernisation’, 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.
WOSL Chair Laura Lambie said:”Preparations are being finalised for what promises to be an excellent 59th Women of Scotland Lunch.
“I look forward to welcoming aspirational women from across Scotland to hear some first class speakers, including Elaine C Smith who will talk on our theme of “Sing as if no one is listening”.
“This chimes well with our chosen charity Music in Hospitals which brings the joy and love of live music to those in our society who may be affected by illness, disability or the challenges of advancing age.
“We will also hear from the Arunda Wind Trio, Linda Urquhart and Dr Susan Shenkin.”
Music in Hospitals is this year’s chosen charity
The impact of live music can be profound; it can spark emotions, rekindle connections and ultimately, it can help us to feel human. Every year the charity Music in Hospitals aims to create these impacts for people in care by providing over 1,700 professional live concerts in healthcare settings throughout Scotland; live, interactive music for people who need it the most. Since 1980, Music in Hospitals has given over 45,000 live concerts in hospitals, care homes, day centres, hospice and special schools throughout Scotland.
Florence Burke, Chief Executive of Music in Hospitals Scotland said:
“Our many thanks go to everyone involved with this year’s Women of Scotland Lunch, and to the Committee who have organised this spectacular event. The generous funds donated will provide live performances for people in care across the whole of Scotland, from Stranraer to Shetland and from Stonehaven to Stornoway.
“We are hugely grateful for this support as quite simply, the more funds we raise, the more concerts we can give and the greater impact we can have upon those who need it the most.”
In recent years the charity has supported Kidney Research UK, Spinal Injuries Scotland and Bobath Scotland.