Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
Ten-year-old Toby Etheridge’s courage in continuing to smile while he battles leukaemia is remarkable enough. But what is more astounding is his dedication to helping others facing the same ordeal. Not content with raising £20,000 already for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, the Cupar schoolboy is setting up his own charity. Toby’s Magical Journey will raise money to support the charity’s creation of accommodation for families of young cancer patients at the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and to support young people with cancer who attend there and Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital. The youngster’s mother Alison Etheridge, who will chair the charity, said: “I’m exceptionally chuffed and really, really proud of what has been achieved. “A lot of people have helped us. This is what Toby has wanted to do from day one, from when he started to think about losing his hair - it’s remarkable.” Toby, who is undergoing five years of chemotherapy, began his fundraising mission by dying his hair blue before having it shaved off in return for sponsorship from friends and family. Since then he and his family have planned a series of events, including Toby’s First Magical Ball in March where guests were treated to dinner cooked by former MasterChef champion Jamie Scott. Alison said: “Toby has raised over £20,000, which is a considerable amount of money, for CLIC Sargent Scotland. “Now we want to turn our efforts to support the young at a local level.” Toby was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in December 2014 and it will be 2018 before his chemotherapy comes to an end. He receives treatment every 12 weeks and attends hospital monthly for check-ups. Although he is responding well, he has neurological issues as a result of the treatment and it is expected he will suffer lifelong impacts. Toby missed several months of school last year, but is back at St Columba’s Primary School full time and enjoys playing with his friends like every other schoolboy. In the early stages of his treatment, he and his family benefited from the CLIC Villa in Edinburgh. As his treatment continues, he is still supported by a CLIC Sargent social worker. Setting up of the charity is in the early stages, with articles being written before the constitution is penned and an application made for charitable status to the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator. Already, Toby is planning his next fundraising ball, the May Dance will be held in a year’s time. His dad Richie is preparing to cycle 300km up the coast of Brazil in September. Toby’s battle with cancer is also charted on his Facebook page, Toby’s Magical Journey to be Cancer Free.
Perth Racecourse should enjoy a flavour of Rio De Janeiro next week with a carnival event set to attract around 10,000 people. The annual CLIC Sargent Carnival race day will take place on Saturday, August 20, and is regarded as the one of the busiest events in the course’s season. The event will see samba dancers, live music and an explosion of colour at Perth Racecourse, with guests being encouraged to join in the fun by dressing in lime, pink or yellow. The meeting will raise funds for children’s charity CLIC Sargent, an organisation which provides emotional, practical and financial support to young cancer patients and families during and after treatment. More than £16,000 was raised in 2015 and Perth Racecourse is hoping to smash the target this year. Hazel Peplinski, chief executive of Perth Racecourse, said: “The CLIC Sargent Carnival race meeting is a huge event in our racing calendar and one which we look forward to all season. It’s an action packed, colourful day which is sure to put everyone in the party mood. “We are hugely proud to be supporting CLIC Sargent and hope to raise as much money as possible to help this amazing charity. Our carnival themed race meeting is a celebratory day for the whole family to enjoy and we hope to raise awareness and funds to help this vital cause.” Samba dancers from Eletricat Brazilian Dance Group and musicians from the Sambalistic band will be bringing the carnival to the track, and the crowds will be entertained with magicians and street performers. The meeting promises a vibrant, fun-filled day for all the family, and as well as seven thrilling jump races throughout the day there will be face painting, inflatables and even a surf simulator. Ticket prices range from £17 to £40. Concession tickets for students and over-60s are available on the day at the gate. Gates open at 1pm, with the first race scheduled for 2.55pm and last race taking place at 6.25pm. For more information visit www.perth-races.co.uk.
Around 10,000 punters enjoyed a Rio-style carnival vibe at Perth Racecourse at the weekend, while raising crucial funds to help fight childhood cancer. Samba dancers greeted the crowds at Britain’s most northerly track on Saturday. The Carnival Raceday event was organised to raise money for children’s charity CLIC Sargent, an organisation which provides emotional, practical and financial support to young cancer patients and their families. Click here for the full story.
A Perthshire dad is to get a tattoo of cartoon character Peppa Pig to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity. Peter Lowden’s inking, which will be done on his arm later this month, will incorporate the logo of Clic Sargent. The 35-year-old had initially vowed to get a tat of the boisterous anthropomorphic swine on his behind, but later decided to place it in a more family-friendly location. At the same time his friend Stewart Grassie, who lives in Dundee, will get a tattoo of Patrick Star from cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. The tattoos are being done by Tribal Skribe in Lochee’s High Street. Between them the pair have raised around £300 so far, smashing their initial target of £100, with more money from sponsorship still to be collected. Peter, who lives in Blairgowrie, said: “It started off with a comment – I can’t even remember what it was – and I said that if a particular thing happened I’d get Peppa Pig on my bum. “I thought it would be a good way to raise money for charity. We contacted Clic Sargent to get the ok as I know tattoos can be a bit of a taboo subject with some people, so I wanted to make sure the charity was behind it. They thought it was a hilarious idea, and a quirky way to raise money so they got behind it. “The reason it’s Peppa Pig is that I have a two-year-old daughter and she loves the character – also because it’s a children’s charity.” He added: “I was apprehensive at the start – thinking have I made a great decision here, I’m going to be getting Peppa Pig tattooed on me – but the more money that has come in then the more I have got excited.” Peter first came into contact with Clic Sargent due to a family tragedy. He said: “I’ve been to Edinburgh’s sick children’s ward and seen first-hand the devastation that cancer in children causes. “The children are children so they are happy and doing all they can – they are the ones smiling and playing. But when you look at the adults you can see false smiles and them being there for their children. “It’s heart-breaking to see and because of that Clic Sargent is a charity really close to my heart.” Find out more and support the pair at www.facebook.com/tattoosforclic.
Hardy souls in Angus have completed a marathon challenge across the coastline from Montrose to Carnoustie. Local MSP Nigel Don kicked off Sunday's Angus Kiltwalk at 9am from Links Park, with competitors being marched out of the ground by a pipe band. They walked through the town and over the River Esk before heading east past Scurdie Ness lighthouse and turning south towards Arbroath, following the national cycle route and hugging the coast line. The 26-mile challenge was expected to raise £20,000 for the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), CLIC Sargent, Aberlour Child Care Trust and the Tartan Army Children's Charity. People were still able to participate without taking up the full 26-mile route, with the Half Kilt walking challenge and a Wee Walk of 10k. The event was supported by Liz McColgan, Radio Tay, the Sunday Post, Dundee United, Montrose FC, Carnoustie Rugby Club and the Carnoustie and Brechin Pipe Bands. Several local charities and nurseries will also benefit after teams nominated them to receive 50% of the money they raised.
A long-running charity concert will recognise a 10-year-old girl who raised money for a cancer charity after her own illness scare at the age of five. Che Paton from Brechin will be one of the special guests at this year’s Tayside and Fife Health Services Christmas Carol Concert, taking place at the Caird Hall in Dundee on Thursday. Che had her long locks cut off so her hair could be used to make wigs for children who have lost theirs through cancer. As well as donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust, Che also raised money for the CLIC Sargent charity at the same time. She originally wanted to shave her head for the charity but her mother Angela persuaded her just to have it cut short. Bill Macfarlane-Smith, organiser of the Christmas Concert, which also raises funds for CLIC Sargent, said Che’s efforts were impressive for someone so young. “She wanted her hair to go towards making wigs for children who have lost theirs through chemo. “I’m not quite sure where these things come from in young ones but it is very impressive.” The annual charity concert, formerly known as the Dundee Nurses’ Christmas Concert, has a long history. The first concert was held in 1976 in Edinburgh, with a combined choir from the Lothian, Fife, Glasgow and Tayside Health Boards. Mr Macfarlane-Smith said: “The choir itself is still made up of people from the medical profession but over the years, family and friends have joined as well. “It has evolved so much over the years.” The concert was first held under the CLIC Sargent banner in 2005, following the merger of Sargent Cancer Care for Children and CLIC, Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood. The Tayside and Fife Health Services Christmas Carol Concert will be held at the Caird Hall on Thursday at 7.30pm.
Dundee has long been proud of its role as the place that inspired Mary Shelley's horror classic Frankenstein, but now it seems one local supermarket has concocted a monster of its own. These spooky pumpkins have lurched into the Morrisons store just off the Forfar Road. The squash are believed to have been put into moulds modelled on Boris Karloff's most famous iteration of Frankenstein's monster, allowing them to grow into the shape of the misunderstood creature just in time for Halloween. It's understood proceeds from sales of the peculiar fruit will go towards children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. Mary Shelley was only 18 when she started writing Frankenstein and 20 when it was published. Literary expert Peggy Hughes and a team from Dundee University researched materials from her time spent in the city in an effort to pinpoint its role in the creation of a monster. In an article which appeared in The Courier earlier this year, Peggy said the young Mary crafted the fanciful notions that inhabited her young imagination while recuperating from illness into Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. "The School of Humanities at the university has conducted research into Shelley’s formative years in the city," she said. "Brief they might have been but there can be little doubt that being displaced to an alien environment would have had an effect on what was clearly an exceptional teenage mind. "Mary began work on Frankenstein at the age of 18. It was unleashed on the world when it was published in London two years later and has been part of the culture ever since. "There was no name on the first edition, leading to speculation that Percy Shelley had a hand in the writing but when the second edition appeared in 1823, the name Mary Shelley was there."
If you wonder what Santa does on Boxing Day, then look no further than the Fife coast for answers. He and his doubles were at Levenmouth promenade, taking to the Forth to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. Around 40 hardy souls dressed up and braved the Boxing Day chill for the annual dook, while huge crowds gathered to cheer them on. Some taking part looked frozen before even dipping a toe in the water, and for many that was all it took to realise the extent of what they had agreed to although almost everyone did take the plunge eventually.Click here for a full photo gallery from LevenA first aid team was on hand in case of mishaps but despite the bracing conditions everyone emerged safely from the water. Brian Landells, 52, from Leven, said: “I got talked into it by my stepdaughter as she said a lot of people were doing it. “It was pretty cold, but I’m fine now.” Up the coast in Anstruther it was a similar scene as people descended on the town’s harbour for the annual East Neuk dook. Around 40 dookers plunged into the chilly waters of the harbour to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. As part of the event volunteers dived in from the west pier and swam across the harbour.Click here for a full photo gallery from Anstruther
It was cold and wet for the Angus and the Mearns New Year dooks but for those who take part, it always is. It was overcast and rainy for much of the morning but this did not deter people from joining in at lunchtime events in Carnoustie, Stonehaven and Arbroath. The Arbroath event raised about £4,000 for Cancer Research UK last year and organisers hope to exceed that figure in time. https://www.youtube.com/embed/4Nptg4ifjOo?rel=0 One of the dookers taking part was cross-channel swimmer Colleen Blair, who recently undertook the 20-mile Catalina Channel in Los Angeles. Chief organiser Alana Loudon said the event, now in its fifth year, is going from strength to strength. “The Angus local committee for Cancer Research UK are very grateful to the RNLI for their support, making sure all the dookers were able to dook safely,” she said. “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone taking part and for helping to make the Dook 2015 such a great success.” The ladies of the local lifeboat guild served up hot drinks and soup to hardy souls who braved the seas near the slipway, with donations going to the RNLI. And Jack Newth of The Royal British Legion Pipe Band played an accompaniment as the dookers entered the water. In Carnoustie, members and friends of Carnoustie HSFP Rugby Club braved the icy weather and freezing water to take part in their annual event, aiming to stay in the water for five minutes. https://www.youtube.com/embed/zWbd-tlr1jE?rel=0 In the Mearns, CLIC Sargent held its seventh annual New Year’s Day Dip at Stonehaven. And 2014’s Miss Dundee Galaxy Hannah Waugh took part to help raise funds for children and young people with cancer. Ms Waugh, 26, said: “I’m really proud to be doing my bit to help CLIC Sargent. “I’ve seen the difference the charity makes to the lives of children and young people with cancer and their families. “This is a great event to be involved in. “I would encourage anyone thinking about taking part to do so and make a splashing start to the New Year.”