A Question of Burns

February 13 2023 – Laura Cunningham


On January 25th 2023, Spina Bifida charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland held their annual Question of Burns charity event for Burns’ Night to raise money for families across the country with loved ones who suffer from Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus.

Some may know we have worked with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland in the past and it was great to be able to support them again this year by donating over 450 cans of Premium Haggis for their guest goody bags.

While the event itself is now in its 31st year, the past 2 have been blighted by Covid, so it was fantastic to attend an in-person event. With more than 500 people in attendance, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland raised £50,000 on the night which will go directly into supporting families across Scotland.

Held at the newly refurbished ballroom of the Glasgow Hilton Hotel, a “Question of Burns” saw former Scottish international rugby player Andy Nicol host an evening of poetry, performances and a traditional Burns Feast to celebrate the Famous Scottish Bard’s birthday.

Celebrity attendees included Kevin Brown who delivered an Address to the Haggis, legendary comedian Fred MacAulay who gave the Toast to the Lassies and Scottish singer, Michelle McManus, who delivered a hilarious reply.

Chris Tait, Scotland’s Foremost Robert Burns re-enactor, delivered the Immortal Memory and award-winning classical singer, and SBH Scotland ambassador, Nicola Cassells, concluded the evening with a fantastic performance of Auld Lang Syne.

To help the charity raise the all-important funds, Scotland’s luxury jeweller Chisholm Hunter donated a beautiful Diamond Cluster and 18ct White Gold Pendant worth £2000 for the Diamond Draw, as well as 10 designer Hugo Boss watches for each member of the winning quiz team.

As Scotland’s only charity providing support to those with these conditions, and with little financial assistance from statutory sources, SBH Scotland relies heavily on fundraising activities to deliver its vital services.

Deborah Roe, Director of Fundraising for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland, said,

“I would like to thank Grants Haggis for their continued support of our charity and for their generous donation of haggis for every guest at our annual ‘Question of Burns’ supper. Our guests were delighted to receive such a fitting and tasty gift in their goody bags.

Thanks to the generosity of our guests, volunteers and sponsors, the evening raised a phenomenal £50,000 which will help provide specialist family support and clinical services to 4,000 children, young people and their families who live with the complex disability(s) of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus in Scotland. Thank you, Grants Haggis, for helping us to make a difference.”

From the team at Grants, thank you for having us.

Director John Fallon at Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland, A Question of Burns Event Michelle McManus, Chris Tait & Fred MacAuly at Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland Kevin Brown at Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland Andy Nicol at Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland Michelle McManus Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland