Candlelit vigil raises £35k for charity

Lindsay and Craig Wilson with singer Susan Boyle
Lindsay and Craig Wilson with singer Susan Boyle

An award-winning restaurant in Udny Green marked its 14th birthday last week by handing over £35,000 to Friends of ANCHOR.

The money was raised through Eat on the Green’s Anchor of Light event in December, which saw hundreds of people from across the region join together to create a symbol of hope, strength and solidarity against cancer.

The human Anchor of Light

The human Anchor of Light

The event included a Service of Hope in Udny Green church where singer Susan Boyle wowed crowds with a medley of songs.

Kilted Chef Craig Wilson, proprietor of Eat on the Green said: “It was my dream to give people the opportunity to come together in a show of unity and respect, and we have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support we received.

“To raise £35,000 is truly phenomenal. The money will help the charity continue to support patients in the Anchor unit and support its Dream Big appeal, which aims to recruit a world-class cancer research team to Aberdeen.

“Friends of ANCHOR is a cause which is very close to my heart and since we began supporting them three years ago, the total money we have raised has reached £80,000. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has walked through the door at Eat on the Green and got behind our events and fundraising initiatives to enable us to pledge this massive sum.”

James Milne, chairman of Friends of ANCHOR said: “The huge success of the Anchor of Light event was a beautiful and fitting finale to a three-year partnership we were very lucky to have with Eat on the Green.”