Fundraising boost for hospital

George Ross of J.G Ross, The Kilted Chef Craig Wilson, Northsound One's Aylissa Boyce and Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett.
George Ross of J.G Ross, The Kilted Chef Craig Wilson, Northsound One's Aylissa Boyce and Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett.

An award-winning chef has raised more than £12,000 for an Aberdeenshire hospital through a star-studded fundraiser.

Eat on the Green, owned by the Kilted Chef, Craig Wilson, hosted three events in a day at the restaurant and village hall in Udny Green, including a buttery topping competition and a VIP lunch and dinner with the stars, all in aid of Insch Hospital.

The fundraiser, which was organised by Mr Wilson and his family in recognition of the care that Craig’s late father received at the hospital last year, took place with several famous faces in attendance, including stars from Emmerdale, Aberdeen FC captain Russell Anderson, and former Dons manager Craig Brown.

The restaurant kicked the fundraising event off with a culinary challenge in association with Inverurie bakery, J.G Ross, to discover the most popular topping for the North-east’s much-loved snack.

The Bonnie Buttery competition saw local woman, Norma Watson, crowned Queen of the butteries with her banoffee creation that wowed judges including Craig Wilson, George Ross of J.G Ross, Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett, and Northsound One’s Aylissa Boyce.

However, the real stars of the day were the nurses from Insch Hospital who were treated to the red carpet treatment at the lunch and dinner that followed.

Mr Wilson said: “We wanted to say thank you to the nurses and the team at Insch hospital for their help and support, and after discovering the hospital was facing potential closure, we wanted to do something.

“As my father worked for J.G Ross for 40 years, we decided to do a buttery topping competition, which was a great success, along with the lunch and dinner.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who helped organise and help with all the three events as we really couldn’t have done it without them, and I am so pleased we managed to raise so much.”

Chairman of Friends of Insch, Alasdair McCallum, said: “The Friends of Insch Hospital and community are delighted with the successful fundraising event organised by Craig and his family, and we would like to say a personal thanks to Craig and all the sponsors.

“The hospital was built after the First World War through donations from the community and individuals, so events like these really replicate the original story of the construction of our Memorial Hospital in 1922.”

Meanwhile, the Emmerdale stars and Mr Wilson were guests at the opening of a new flower shop in Ellon.

Floral Request has opened in Ythan Terrace in what was formerly The Flower Shop.

Owner Lorna Aitchison has expanded her business from Floral Request in Rothienorman.

Lorna knows Mr Wilson through work her floral business has done with Eat on the Green.

She said: “Craig did the opening and it was great to have the Emmerdale cast there too.”