Iain in charity plea over cot deaths

GLASGOW actor Iain Robertson has lined up several acts for a charity event close to his heart.

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Iain, who recently became and ambassador for the Scottish Cot Death Trust, has called in the services of a number of stars to join him for a Burns Night Supper on Saturday, January 25 at arts facility SWG3.

Iain will be joined by Taggart's Colin McCredie, Ken Scott who features in The Hobbit trilogy and Scottish Makar Liz Lochead who will perform a piece created especially for the night. BAFTA winning actor Iain, from Govan, expressed his joy at being able to welcome his fellow actors for the special performance.

He said: "I am delighted to announce that Ken Stott is taking time out from a busy schedule to deliver the Selkirk Grace for Guy's Charity Burns Night.

"I am blown away that Liz Lochead, our national poet and Scot's Makar will be performing an original piece that she has written for the night with upcoming actress. This will be a great Burns night."

Money raised from the event will go towards creating a new book called Andrew's Rainbow, which aims to help parents deal with questions that a child will have about the loss of a sibling.

This will follow on from the organisations first book, Rory's Star, which concentrated on children who lose a younger sibling.

Iain's involvement is due to personal loss. His sister, Nicola, who died as a baby. Speaking to the Evening Times last year, he said: "She and my sister, Joanne, were twins and the first kids in the family.

"Nicola died aged six months. My mother dealt with it quite well in that she didn't feel huge guilt. She knew she'd had two kids whom she'd treated exactly the same, in identical circumstances.

"But to lose a child through no fault of your own is absolutely horrific."

Scottish Cot Death Trust new Chief Executive Lynsay Allan thinks that makes his involvement even more poignant.

She said: "Iain represents many children across Scotland who are born following the devastating death of a sibling.

"Many are in the situation where they only know their sibling through memories shared by family and photographs."

The Scottish Cot Death Trust is the only Scottish charity dealing with the issue of cot death in Scotland.

Tickets are available on www.guysrestaurant.co.uk for £100 proceeds go to the Cot Death Trust.

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