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Provost’s Mistletoe Ball Raises £25,000 for charity

A whopping £25,000 has been raised for sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease at a glittering charity ball hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson.

The Provost’s Mistletoe Ball, held at Mar Hall Hotel, Bishopton, was hosted by STV’s Sean Batty and saw local representatives and members of the business community dig deep to raise the fantastic total for MND Scotland.

The night was a huge success, with guests enjoying entertainment from the MacDonald Brothers and Scotland’s answer to Katherine Jenkins, Nicola Cassels.

The majority of the total was raised during the charity auction which saw guests bidding for top prizes including two British Airways return flights from Glasgow to Vienna, a day with Sean Batty at STV studios, dinner bed and breakfast for two plus either a round of golf or an hour’s spa treatment at Mar Hall, dinner for 6 to 8 people cooked in your own home by Donald Angus Munro, member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, one year membership to Pro-Life Fitness for two, tribute night for 10 people in the Glynhill Hotel, including three course dinner, full Scottish breakfast and free used of leisure facilities.

Football fans scooped some unique prizes including a recaro chair worth more than £1000 donated by St Mirren Football Club. The leather chair, which is the same as those in the St Mirren dug out but has been adapted to use as an office chair.

Other football related prizes were a signed Celtic top donated by the club and a limited edition signed painting of Ally McCoist donated by Rangers FC.

One guest also successfully bid for the opportunity for up to four people to spend an exciting day at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Centre.

Another lucky guest won a stunning diamond necklace, worth £800, in the prize draw.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “It was a fabulous night from start to finish. Sean was a wonderful host, the entertainment was excellent and best of all the generosity of the guests was outstanding. I’m really delighted we’ve managed to raise such a great total for MND Scotland to help the 372 people living in Scotland with this disease.”