Capital Sci-Fi Con 2017 raises over £73,000 for CHAS

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Hannah Spearritt, Jon Campling, Charlotte Farrell (age 9) who uses Rachel House ​

Keith Armour and his Capital Sci-Fi Con team have just announced that the 2017 event raised an out-of-this-world £73,608.97 for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Held at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh on 18-19 February, over 7,000 sci-fi fans beamed down to Capital Sci-Fi Con to celebrate movie, TV and comic book culture.

Highlights from the weekend included appearances from Hannah Spearritt (Primeval and S Club 7), Marc Silk (voice of Johnny Bravo and Scooby Doo), Spencer Wilding (Rogue One’s Darth Vader) and exhibitions from iconic film and TV sets such as Jabba’s Palace and Dr Who’s Tardis.

Overwhelmed by the amazing success of the event, organiser and community superhero, Keith Armour said: “I want to thank everyone who has supported the event, for their passion and dedication. We never thought we would be able to raise this much money and have smashed last year’s total.”

“CHAS holds a very special place in my heart and the money raised will go a long way towards supporting children with incurable illnesses and their families across Scotland.”

Keith Armour

Laura Campbell, CHAS Fundraiser, said: “After months of hard work, I am so proud of what Keith and his incredible group of supporters have achieved for CHAS.

“Through their infectious passion for all things sci-fi and giving back to the community, they’ve managed to raise a staggering amount of money which will greatly help us with our work to reach and support every baby, child and young person in Scotland with a life-shortening condition.

“I love getting to work with each and every one of the Capital Sci-Fi Con team, and on behalf of CHAS, I want to thank them for their phenomenal achievement.”

Recently voted Scotland’s number one convention, plans are already being put in place for Capital Sci-Fi Con 2018.

To find out more about the event www.capitalscificon.co.uk.

About CHAS:

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is the only charity that provides hospice services in Scotland for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

They provide care through two wonderful hospices – Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch – and also through CHAS at Home which has teams working from both hospices as well as dedicated teams in Aberdeen and Inverness, caring for families in their own homes when they need it most.

They support over 400 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support. CHAS generates support for our work through tireless, year-round fundraising to secure over £10 million needed every year to run the hospices and provide services to families.

 Follow CHAS on Twitter: @SupportCHAS, or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/childrenshospiceassociationscotland

 For further information, visit CHAS at www.chas.org.uk