Rare whisky raises £27k for charity

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An auction featuring a one-off bottle of whisky has raised £400,000 for charity.

The St Columba’s Hospice Live Life Ball, held at the Assembly Rooms on George Street, saw the bottle of St Columba’s “Aoibhinn” Ardbeg Reserve, in a unique bottle designed by Maeve Gillies, raise £27,000 alone.

The funds will go towards the charity’s £26 million rebuild of its Trinity hospice, which is set to become a state-of-the-art facility.

Janice Gammell, chair of the Live Life Ball Committee, said: “This is an amazing result and I speak for the committee when I say we have been humbled by the support we have received.

“Raising £400,000 is more than we ever imagined and it’s a privilege to know that thousands of people over the next 35 years of St Columba’s Hospice will benefit from one night of generosity and kindness.”