Event of the Week: The Butterfly Ball


Sisters Honour Their Parents by Raising Funds for Charity

There are many reasons to take up fundraising for a good cause, including the decision to celebrate what your parents’ lives meant to people. For three sisters in West Lothian, Scotland, the outcome was a 2014 packed with events to help out some beloved charities, and now they’re set to do it all again.

Liz Muir, Charlotte Renwick and Margaret McQueen are currently preparing for their second annual Butterfly Ball on 30th May at the Hilcroft Hotel. Last year’s event helped to bring in £6000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Prostate Scotland and Bowel Cancer UK. Raffle prizes included small kitchen appliances, accessories, gift vouchers and electronics.


Of the inspiration for their efforts, McQueen says, “Our parents adopted everybody into our family and looked after everybody they came in contact with,” she explains. “Mum tried to feed everybody who stepped through the door, while Dad was such a character; even when extremely ill he was still chatting up the nurses.”

“When they passed,” McQueen adds, “they didn’t want head stones or cold memorials; they wanted us to live for the living. So their legacy is us helping other people.”

They expect 192 guests this year and have been using social media and flyers to get the word out. They also plan on local magazine advertising nearer to the event.

Along with the ball, they’ve arranged almost monthly events to fundraise for St. Andrew’s Hospice, Cahonas Scotland and Simpsons Special Care Babies (SSCB).

St. Andrew’s provides for “the total care of patients who require complex symptom management and/or end-of-life care.” They were chosen by McQueen for the assistance they offered her friend’s father in his final hours. “It’s the most amazing place,” she notes.

Cahonas, picked by Renwick, exists “to educate Scotland in matters relating to male cancers, reducing discrimination and stigma from the cancer experience, and aim to bring real positive change in male cancer awareness.” Muir’s charity, SSCB, is “dedicated to the care of premature or sick newborn babies, and the support of their parents.”

When planning the ball, McQueen says “the most difficult part is trying to get raffle prizes and items for our silent auction,” and says the trio are “writing letters, phoning and speaking to people to obtain items.”

Luckily, though, they’ve had at least one organisational element go smoothly. According to McQueen “the easiest part was ordering our tickets from you, and the speed at which they arrived. It was hassle free.”

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