Rain or Shine, Judith Launches BBQ Time

Rain or Shine, Judith Launches BBQ Time

Posted on 16 May 2017 by Monika Reichelt

Oneof the country’s most popular TV weather presenters, Judith Ralston, swapped forecasting for flame grilling to launch a new nation-wide fund-raising initiative.

The Big Scotch Beef Sizzle, run by Scotland’s Hospices Together and incorporating Ayrshire Hospice, is set to see a burst of BBQ activity taking place throughout Scotland during June to raise funds for hospices around the country.

Supported by Scotch Beef PGI, the initiative will encourage Scots to get steaks and burgers on the barbecue to raise vital funds for hospice care.

Scotland’s Hospices Together is a national partnership of nine of Scotland’s independent hospices and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). The partnership aims to support and to highlight the work of hospice care in Scotland.

Judith, who regularly presents the weather on prime-time TV, said she couldn’t think of a better way to catch up with friends and family while raising money for such a worthwhile cause.

“One of the joys of our country is the variety, and unpredictability, of our weather which means hosting a BBQ is always an adventure!  The secret is to be prepared – pack an umbrella along with the sun cream and there will be nothing to stop the fun!” said Judith.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved in the Big Scotch Beef Sizzle which is a fantastic way to your local hospice and your local community,” she added.

John Brady, Head of Fundraising at St Andrew’s Hospice and Chair of Scotland’s Hospices Together, said: “We are delighted to be launching our first ever national fundraising campaign ‘The Big Scotch Beef Sizzle’ today, with huge thanks to Scotch Beef PGI for supporting this initiative.

“We would like to encourage as many people as possible across Scotland to host a barbeque in June to support their local Hospice.  These hospices provide end-of-life care and support to patients and their families and are reliant on donations and voluntary support to continue providing that care.”

Carol McLaren, Head of Communications at Quality Meat Scotland, said: “This initiative offers a great opportunity to for people to take time out together and enjoy cooking top quality local food, like Scotch Beef PGI, with friends and family while at the same time supporting a cause which is the heart of our local communities.”

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said: “The Big Scotch Beef Sizzle is the perfect campaign for Scotland’s hospices to work together alongside our sponsors, Quality Meat Scotland. The Ayrshire Hospice is delighted to be a part of this exciting new venture and invite families and communities across Ayrshire to hold a barbecue in aid of the hospice this June.  It’s fun to get involved in and our team can provide supporters with lots of helpful materials to aid their fundraising.”

For more information on how to get involved with The Big Scotch Beef Sizzle click here.

Recipes and information about Scotch Beef PGI, can be found at www.scotchkitchen.co.uk or follow @ScotchKitchen on Facebook or Twitter. 

For further press information please contact Claire Higgs, on 0131 472 4046 or mobile 07734 110351, email chiggs@qmscotland.co.uk