A TEAM effort by enterprising Montrose teenagers Emily Wood and Robert Guthrie has raised more than £3,500 for charity.
The duo called on their friends to help stage a well-supported variety concert in the town hall at the end of March and this week presented their cheque to Cancer Research UK.
An audience of more than 300 people turned out for the show which featured a number of young local bands and performers all drawn together by Emily (18) and Robert (17) over a short space of time.
Emily came up with the idea last year after they organised a collection at Montrose Academy following the death from cancer of the school’s rector Ronald Small and they decided to collaborate on a larger fund-raiser.
She said: “Robert and I were both in the Montrose Academy Musical Association and after discussing some ideas we felt we could put on a show and do a decent job of it while raising money for a good cause.
“We finally got together in January and got things going. Because I’ve done shows in school, and Robert is involved with other performance groups, we know a lot of performers so we found it quite easy to get things together.”
Emily and Robert then embarked on organising poster design, ticket printing, contacting sound and lighting experts, finding a stage manager, front of house staff and a wealth of local talent to put together the best show they could.
Robert said: “We’ve both been involved in shows before but it was the first time we’ve organised anything on this scale. We set out to raise £2,000 but it has gone way over and above that.
“We were pleased with the turnout on the night. We’d sold about 150 tickets beforehand and the rest were sold at the door. We also had a bar and a huge raffle which was well supported by local businesses and we set up a Justgiving page which helped us to reach the total.”
Both Emily and Robert have been encouraged by the experience and want to organise further fund-raisers.
Emily added: “We’ve a few ideas up our sleeves which we’ll try out to see what happens.”
Alana Loudon, local Cancer Research UK fund-raiser, praised the teenagers for their hard work.
She said: “We’re absolutely delighted with what they’ve achieved. I went along on the night and it was wonderful, a really enjoyable evening that raised an amazing amount. I’d like to thank them on behalf of Cancer Research UK, we’re vary grateful to them.”
Donations to Emily and Robert’s fund can still be made online at https://www.justgiving.com/EmilyWood0619/