COMEDIENNE JO CAULFIELD ANNOUNCED AS HOST FOR SCOTLAND’S FAVOURITE BURNS NIGHT FOR LADIES

News release for immediate release

Tuesday 27th August 2013

Edinburgh-based charity Royal Blind is delighted to announce comedienne and writer Jo Caulfield, star of BBC Radio and TV shows including ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’, as the host of its extremely popular Burns Night for ladies ‘Rabbie’s Girls’. 

This unique event, one of the highlights of Edinburgh’s social calendar, is returning for its fourth year and taking place at the Balmoral Hotel on Friday 31st January 2014.

In traditional Burns Night style, there will be speeches celebrating the poetry of Robert Burns ( with a special feminine twist), a Piper playing bagpipes, and a feast of haggis and whisky. Guests will also be treated to a glamorous champagne drinks reception with Loch Fyne oysters, before enjoying a sumptuous 4-course meal with complimentary wine, and spoiled with a fabulous goody bag.  They will then be invited to take part in a special balloon raffle where everyone is a winner!

Tickets are on sale now, with a fantastic Early Bird Offer of £690 for a table of 10 or £69 per person – but this comes to a close at the end of this month on 31st August, so secure your place now for this unique night of fun, glitz and haggis! 

Jo, who is based in Edinburgh, said:

"Rabbie's Girls is the ideal combination: guilt free fun. You will be supporting a wonderful charity that improves people's lives daily AND having a glamorous night out with fantastic food and drink!  I can't wait to do a Burn's Supper with just women, it will be SO much fun .”

Davina Shiell, Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Royal Blind said:

“We are delighted to have Jo on board for this special event. The money raised at Rabbie’s Girls will fund the vital services Royal Blind provides for Edinburgh’s iconic Royal Blind School, Forward Vision, Braeside House, Scottish Braille Press and Kidscene – supporting people of all ages with a visual impairment and disabilities. By booking a ticket you will make a real difference to the lives of people we support.”

Tickets for ‘Rabbie’s Girls’ are available to purchase online via the Royal Blind shop at http://www.royalblind.org/shop/Rabbies-Girls.html or by telephoning 0131 229 1456 or emailing events@royalblind.org .

For more information please contact:

Davina Shiell, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456, Mobile: 07713 987797, Email: davina.shiell@royalblind.org

Notes to Editors

Royal Blind is a registered charity that runs services for blind and visually impaired people throughout the UK:

-       The Royal Blind School offers the highest quality of education and care to meet the needs of young people with a visual impairment. Our two campuses include pre-school, primary and secondary facilities supporting pupils with additional support needs.

-       Braeside House is our home that provides first class services and facilities for older people who are blind or visually impaired, offering both residential and nursing care in purpose built premises.

-       The Scottish Braille Press is a leading provider of high quality alternative formats. The press has years of experience, backed up with continuing investment in technology and skills to ensure we can supply the best that is available for our customer needs.

-       Forward Vision offers young adults aged 18-25 who have a visual impairment disability, care and support with person centred focus on strengths and abilities, encouraging greater independence.

-       Kidscene offers after school care to children attending the Royal Blind School and local schools. The club aims to include a safe, secure and relaxed environment for the children in our care. We endeavour to provide an atmosphere and activities similar to those found within the home

Our sister charity Scottish War Blinded provides an outreach service and day centre facilities for veterans with a visual impairment. Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives. www.royalblind.org

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Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives. We work towards fulfilling this vision, empowering blind people to achieve their potential and a brighter future. Royal Blind operates four distinct services: The Royal Blind School, Forward Vision, Braeside House, and the Scottish Braille Press.

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