Dalkeith Country Park event in aid of CHAS will be a Spectacle

In 2019 the colourful CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) Wishing Tree in Dalkeith Country Park’s Spectacle of Light raised over £1700 for children with life limiting conditions.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 12:45 pm
Updated Friday, 27th November 2020, 12:46 pm
CHAS Community Fundraiser Sarah Dannfald with her family at
Spectacle of Light’s free CHAS Family Only event in January
CHAS Community Fundraiser Sarah Dannfald with her family at Spectacle of Light’s free CHAS Family Only event in January

The year 2020 has been one of many challenges, not least for Scottish families with children who have illnesses that will cut short their young lives.

The organisers, Dalkeith Country Park and DB Partnership, felt it vital that this year the festive light experience has an even more beautiful charity element.

Visitors will be invited to be part of creating the interactive fund-raising instalment within Spectacle of Light, “Rainbow’s End: Ribbons of Gratitude”, which will be housed within the Fort Douglas after-dark adventure.

This will give everyone who visits a moment to say thank you to those who have helped us all get through some of the toughest times while also raising funds and hope for those families supported by CHAS.

Stephen Begg, event manager at Dalkeith Country Park says: “We all know there is still a huge amount of work to be done until we can get through the terrible unknown of this pandemic. We know that many have suffered immeasurable loss to it.

“However, we believe with our Rainbow’s End: Ribbons of Gratitude we can spread a little positivity for the future while recognising the people who have helped us all get through it.

“Perhaps people will be thinking of NHS workers while they tie their ribbon or they will be nodding their gratitude to a friend or neighbour that helped with shopping or errands during lockdown, it all counts towards us being able to create a visually mesmerising, interactive ribbon and light installation while supporting our chosen charity, CHAS.”

Rami Okasha, chief executive at CHAS, added: “We are so thrilled to once again be supported by Dalkeith Country Park’s Spectacle of Light event! I had the pleasure of attending last year and it was a truly magical experience - I am very much looking forward to what 2020 will bring!

“At CHAS, we aim to bring joy to families who have a child with a life-shortening condition and this year, it’s no different.

“To have Dalkeith Country Park on board and the kindness of the public who continue to support us is so incredibly humbling and will allow us to be there for families across Scotland who are going through the hardest time.

“We had over 100 CHAS family members experience the Spectacle of Light last year thanks to Dalkeith Country Park’s generosity and I know that it meant so much to each and every one of them; spending quality time together as a family and making happy memories that will stay with them forever.”

Spectacle of Light takes place from December 5-January 4.

As part of Dalkeith Country Park’s commitment to CHAS the event will play host to a free ‘CHAS Families Only’ slot in early January.

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