Ironworks ‘Song for Eileidh’ set to boost fundraising bid

A FOCHABERS MUM is hoping to pack around 1000 people into a major music venue this month – and provide a musical boost for Eileidh Paterson.

Kathleen Robertson is behind one of the most ambitious bids yet to raise funding for three-year-old Eileidh’s, who is just ended her final round of treatment for the childhood cancer Neuroblastoma.

An appeal launched by Eileidh’s family just over a month ago has almost reached its £100,000 target that would allow her to receive pioneering treatment in the United States that it is hoped will greatly decrease the chances of the cancer returning.

Now Kathleen aims to push the limits with her ‘A Song for Eileidh’ concert at the Ironworks in Inverness, featuring a host of top-line acts.

Kathleen told insideMoray: “I did not know Eileidh or her family until I read her story on Facebook, but have since have gotten to know her mum Gail.

“As a mother of a three-year-old myself, Eileidh’s journey pulled on my heart strings – so with the help of my eldest daughter came up with the idea of the concert just last week – and within a few days we had a full-blown gig arranged.”

The idea of hosting the event at the Ironworks came from Kathleen’s daughter Bronwen and her knowledge of the iconic music venue. They quickly agreed to host the concert – and now a stellar line-up has agreed to perform on Friday, June 26 from 7pm.

“Everyone has been brilliant,” Kathleen said, adding: “They have all donated their time, the venue, printing and a whole lot more – all are determined to make this a very special night for a very special little girl.”

Tickets for the event will cost just £7 – full details of the concert line-up and updates can be found on the event Facebook page.

Details of the efforts being put in by individuals and groups are being posted on the Eileidh’s Journey Facebook Page while individuals or groups who wish to donate directly can do so by sending a texting EPAT88 to 70070 with the amount between £1 and £10 they wish to donate.

Donations can also be made online via the Eiledih’s Journey Just Giving website