3 March 2015
Susan Boyle has donated the gold sequin dress she wore on her first live tour to Macmillan Cancer Support.
The singer, who achieved international fame after her television debut on Britain’s Got Talent nearly six years ago, wore the dress on the opening night of her sell-out seven-night Scottish tour which took in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh in July 2013.
The 53-year-old offered to donate the John Lewis dress to the charity after a chance encounter in a local nail salon.
Susan was having her nails done at Fabulous, in Livingstone, when she heard fellow customer Irene Wilmot talking about a fundraising event she was holding in memory of her husband Willie, who passed away in November 2007 after being diagnosed with cancer.
For the Passion for Fashion event, Irene was looking for good quality nearly new ladies clothes and shoes.
“I was talking about the event and Susan said ‘I will give you a dress’,” says Irene, 65, from Whitburn, West Lothian. “Her friend who was with her said she would get in contact with me and she later brought the dress into my work.”
Now the size 18 dress, together with a size 10 dress donated by television presenter Lorraine Kelly, will be auctioned off on the Willie Wilmot Fundraising Team’s Facebook page in the run-up to the main event on February 20th.
“Macmillan was a charity I wanted to help with,” says Susan, who still lives in her childhood home in Blackburn.
“There isn’t anybody who hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way. All too often there isn't enough money for the support required. It's only through donations that they can make progress and help people.
“I wore the dress on my Scottish tour and I thought somebody would look good in it.”
Irene’s daughter Pauline Macmillan, who works as a Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, said she was delighted to have Susan's support in the latest fundraising initiative hosted by The Willie Wilmot Fundraising Team.
The team, which also includes Pauline’s older sisters Lorraine and Carol, has raised a total of £45,000 for Macmillan since Willie’s death.
"Currently there are 220,000 people in Scotland living with cancer and more than 5400 of them are in West Lothian,” says Pauline. “Macmillan want to be there to support every one of them, whether that’s financially, medically, emotionally or practically.
“We rely almost entirely on donations and public support and with the very kind donations by Susan and Lorraine we are on track to raise a fantastic amount at our up-and-coming fundraising evening Passion for Fashion.”
Passion for Fashion will be held on Friday 20 February at The Hilcroft Hotel in Whitburn, from 7.30pm-12pm.
The £5 entry includes a drink and nibbles and live entertainment by singer Lauren Kyle.
For more details and to find out how to bid on the dresses donated by Susan and Lorraine, visit:
For further information, please contact:
Rosemary Free, Communications Officer
0131 260 3730
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
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