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Edinburgh student organises Ceilidh with a Twist

Posted: 21st February 2017

Event on Friday 24 February 2017
7pm – 10.30pm, at Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh

An Edinburgh student who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for almost a decade is organising a Ceilidh with a Twist to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Lisa Garrett, 18, is part of a team of students from Edinburgh College hosting the special event on the evening of Friday 24 February at Lauriston Hall.  The Scottish ceilidh will be given a country and western twist with traditional tartans paired with cowboy boots and Stetsons.

Live music will be provided by Edinburgh band Wild Geese.

Lisa said:  “We’re really looked forward to our Ceilidh with a Twist in aid of Diabetes UK.  We have booked Wild Geese who are a fantastic band and have already sold a lot of tickets.  It’s going to be a great night and there will be plenty of opportunities to win some excellent prizes!

“I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was nine years old and most of the time I don’t let it get in the way of me doing what I want to do.  However, occasionally I don’t have choice as there have been some times when my blood sugars were uncontrollable and I had to seek urgent medical attention which was quite scary.

“Living with the condition is not easy and you don’t get a day off.  That’s why we’re fundraising for Diabetes UK as the charity supports people living with a condition and also funds research towards better treatments and, eventually, a cure.”

The Ceilidh with a Twist kicks off at 7pm with live music, dancing, and raffles until 10.30pm.  Tickets cost £9.

Linda Hamilton, Diabetes UK regional fundraiser for central Scotland, said:  “The Ceilidh with a Twist sounds like it will be a fantastic event and we’re delighted that Lisa and the team has chosen to support Diabetes UK.   We rely on donations and fundraising to support our vital work towards a world where diabetes can do no harm.  We hope the people of Edinburgh don their cowboy hats and kilts and have a great time at the event!”

To find out more about the event and purchase tickets, please contact Jaclyn at Diabetes Scotland on 0141 245 6380 or Jaclyn.whalen@diabetes.org.uk.

For more information about diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.uk

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