Ayrshire Hospice Day Services' patient, Hugh Carter, enjoyed a very special Christmas gift thanks to two kind-hearted German sisters.

G4 fans Caroline and Christiane Pludra had donated a pair of tickets to the Ayrshire Hospice for the G4 Christmas Concert at Ayr Town Hall on Wednesday 8th December after being unable to travel from Germany for the show.

Hugh Carter, and his wife Maria, who live in Stewarton, were able to enjoy a wonderful night of festive music thanks to the kind donation from Caroline and Christiane.

Hugh said: “It was a very enjoyable night and we were definitely looked after like VIPs. The guys from G4 were lovely and spent a lot time chatting with Maria and myself before the gig. It was such a kind gesture to receive the tickets from the hospice after they were donated.”

The sisters discovered the Ayrshire Hospice last year after they discovered that Jai McDowall was performing as part of the Light Up a Life concert in 2020.

Caroline said: “We absolutely loved the Light up a Life concert last year; you could feel it was made with so much love. We don’t have a personal link to the Hospice, we actually just got to know about it last year at the concert, which one of the performers, Jai McDowall, told us about.

“My sister Christiane, or Kiki as everyone called her in Scotland, moved to Glasgow and made a number of close friends there. I would fly over to see her every month from Germany and I fell in love Scotland.


Christiane and Caroline Pludra 

“Instead of getting a refund for the tickets we thought if we could give them to someone and our first thought was the Ayrshire Hospice!

“As Covid has been difficult for everyone we thought about how challenging it had to be for all of you and we thought we would love to do something in the Spirit of Christmas to bring a wee bit of joy, as we have been really lucky and fortunate in our lives.”

For Hugh, who has been a patient of the Ayrshire Hospice since 2019, music has been a big part of his life.

He explained: “I’ve been involved in the music business in a number of guises throughout my life. From shop manager to music buyer and running my own music therapy sessions for adults with special needs, music has been a huge part of my life.

“I play in a band and we play a concert every Christmas to raise money, originally it was for Maggie’s in Fife where we used to live when I was diagnosed, but now we split the money with the Ayrshire Hospice as well.”