Loanhead man's fundraising entertainment group set to mark its first anniversary
Our Stars Family, formerly known as Stars In Their Homes Lockdown Entertainment group, is celebrating its one year anniversary this Saturday.
The group was created by Grant Stanley from Loanhead and Maureen Clegg from Kinghorn, with help from Grant’s mum Anne and Maureen’s husband Kevin, to provide entertainment and some positivity during lockdown while trying to raise some money for charity.
Over the last year over 150 entertainers have performed, including acts from all over the UK, and some guests from Portugal and Spain gave up their time for free and helped raise funds and spirits during a very hard time.
The group’s current fundraising total stands at over £4,500, which has helped three different charities – Marie Curie, Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Moira Anderson Foundation.
For the anniversary this weekend the group have over 25 acts performing and lots of surprises along the way.
The group has a video message which features TV personalities including Chloe Hewitt from Strictly Come Dancing, Grant Stott from BBC Radio Scotland, American country star Jessica Lynn and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay.
Grant said: “When we first started the group we didn’t think that a year down the line we would still be operating.
“It has been an honour to work with so many incredible artists and performers and I hope to be able to meet them all in person and thank them face to face.”
Group admin and performer Stephanie Gibson said: “Coming into the group as a singer ensured a safe, kind and positive online environment for myself but also for other acts and members too.
“When I became a group admin it meant, as well as continuing to have online presence, that Grant and I could share fresh new ideas and really be united in where we saw the group going.
“I will be forever grateful to all, who helped the group grow and to help us to ensure that happened. I never imagined one year one we would still be planning events but what a crazy year it’s been, with mind blowing opportunities!”
The group was featured on Scotland’s People: A Thank You, which was hosted by Jackie Bird thanking people for going above and beyond through the pandemic.