Talented people from across North Lanarkshire are being sent an SOS by the specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland).

The charity is hosting a virtual talent show “Sunday Night Social – Live” on Sunday, June 7, the same date their Ladies Lunch event was due to take place in Glasgow.

SBH Scotland relies entirely on donations expects to lose up to £400,000 in fundraising this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity provides a range of services to children and young people affected by complex the conditions of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

It needs to raise £1 million each year to support its 3500 members, and around 500 of them are in Lanarkshire.

To help offset that financial black hole, SBH Scotland is calling on talented locals living in North Lanarkshire to help save the organisation by auditioning for the virtual fundraising event.

People aged 16 and above are being encouraged to send in videos of themselves performing their talents, whether it’s singing, dancing, acrobatics, comedy or more.

Finalists’ performances will be showcased live on the night, with viewers voting for their favourite entry via a text message that will donate £1 to the charity.

The event will be hosted by renowned entertainer and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Edward Reid via video link and London west end star John Mclarnon will also be on hand to entertain on the evening.

It’s hoped that it will be the first of what will become a monthly get-together event.

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland said: “The cancellation of fundraising events across the country has had a devastating impact on the third sector.

“At SBH Scotland we receive little statutory support and the challenge ahead of us is incredibly difficult.

“Life in lockdown can be unsettling for everyone.

“Our Sunday Night Social is about getting together – albeit virtually – and having a good time, whilst also helping our staff and volunteers continue to provide support to those who need it most.

“We know that there are some exceptionally talented people in Scotland who will be looking to show off their skills and this event will be the perfect forum for that.

“So, please join us by sending in videos of your talents, no matter how silly or funny they are!”

Prospective entrants should film their performance using a camera or smartphone, then email a link to download their film to [email protected] before 29 May.

Tickets to watch the event start at £5, with raffle tickets available to purchase on the evening.

More info can be found at sbhscotland.org.uk/social