Author Ian Rankin offers exclusive Rebus tour of Edinburgh to support people with cancer
World famous author Ian Rankin is urging Scots to sign up for exciting night-time fundraising walks for cancer charity Maggie’s by offering a personal Rebus tour of our capital city as an incentive.
The best-selling crime writer is encouraging people to register for the second Maggie’s Culture Crawl Edinburgh (Friday September 23rd) and the inaugural Maggie’s Culture Crawl Glasgow (Friday October 7th). Both events have kindly been sponsored by Brodies LLP to raise funds for Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as family and friends.
Taking in 10 miles of each city, Maggie’s Culture Crawl Edinburgh and Maggie’s Culture Crawl Glasgow are inspired by the architectural design and programme of support which are so integral to Maggie’s, as walkers get the chance to explore the city after dark, discovering cultural, architectural and artistic delights along the way.
The Edinburgh event will include venues such as Fettes College and the Edinburgh College of Art while the Glasgow night walk will take in the BBC Scotland Head Office and the Gallery of Modern Art.
Each event will feature musicians, performers,points of cultural and architectural interest plus food and drink throughout the evening. It really is a magical way to see both cities throughout the night.
Participants will also be able to see Maggie’s Just Incase exhibition.
Win a tour with Ian Rankin
Everyone who has registered for one of the eleven Maggie’s Culture Crawls in Edinburgh or Glasgow by June 30th will be entered into a draw to win one of six places on an exclusive tour led by Ian Rankin.
You can register for the events now. Early bird registration is £20 per person, normal price £25. Every participant is requested to raise £100 in sponsorship.
Ian, who recently visited the original Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of the Western General in Edinburgh, said: “Visiting Maggie’s Edinburgh was nothing short of inspiring. The charity’s progressive attitude to cancer care left me feeling incredibly hopeful while also astounded that they rely almost entirely on voluntary donations.
“I would encourage everyone to sign up for one of the Culture Crawls. Not only will you be raising vital funds for a charity that helps so many, you will also be signing up for a unique, exciting and fun night in Inspector Rebus’s home city.”
Taking part in this year is Anne Macdonald, 58, from Edinburgh. Diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago she has found Maggie’s a tremendous support.
She said: “Maggie’s has been a life line for me so it was lovely to be able to give a little bit back last year when I did the first Scottish Culture Crawl in Edinburgh. It was a fantastic event, a really wonderful evening and this year it is great to have Ian Rankin supporting and encouraging people to get involved for Maggie’s.”
Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee said: “Maggie’s Culture Crawls are fantastic events which succeed in capturing the essence of Maggie’s in a way which gives people a truly different experience of each city and the opportunity to raise vital funds to help Maggie’s continue to support anyone affected by cancer.”
Bill Drummond, Managing Partner of Brodies, said: “It’s great to have Ian Rankin on board this year, following Alexander McCall Smith’s huge contribution to the first Scottish Culture Crawl. “Having taken part in the Edinburgh Culture Crawl last year alongside colleagues from Brodies, I know first-hand just how enjoyable the walk is. I met Culture Crawlers drawn to Edinburgh from all around the country and could see just how much good will there is for Maggie’s because of its great work for people whose lives are affected by cancer. We’ve been delighted to support Maggie’s for more than a decade now and would urge as many as people to get behind the Edinburgh and Glasgow Culture Crawls this autumn.”
Great design and architecture are vital to the care Maggie’s offers as evidence shows that an uplifting environment can reduce stress and anxiety. Each Maggie’s Centre is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
Maggie’s celebrates its 20th anniversary this year as well as the opening of its 20th Centre when Maggie’s Forth Valley opens later in 2016.