A Rutherglen woman who was given a lifeline when she was struggling with her mental health is hoping a fundraiser she has organised will help her express her gratitude for the support she received.
Former Stonelaw High pupil Claire McAulay is behind the evening of stand-up comedy and music – Cracking Up – at The Clutha bar in Glasgow, tomorrow (Thursday), with donations going to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
The event will be hosted by Scott Haddow, whose 11:11 Events has been instrumental in helping Claire pull the fundraiser together.
Acts will include Grim Leiper, Ronnie Park, Cubby, Natalie Sweney, Ben Verth, Sheila Blige, Obie, Dee Maxwell, Jimi Longmuir and Lady Shona.
The guest singer on the night will be Laura B, who shot to fame after her appearance on the BBC’s All Together Now talent show.
Doors will open at 7pm and entry to the show is free.
Claire, 29 – who grew up in Spittal – said: “I have had experiences in the past with mental health and I suffered with anxiety.
“I have also had close friends who have suffered from poor mental health and have taken their own lives. I feel something needs to be done to encourage people to talk. I got support from SAMH in the past and they are great. They are able to provide people to talk to and they give you great resources when you need them.”
Claire, who now lives in Springhall, has organised fund-raising events in the past for SAMH and other charities, some of which have raised up to £500.