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Concert for Caring back in Glasgow to celebrate unpaid carers

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Buchanan Street. Photography: Thomas Nugent

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will host a concert dedicated to celebrating carers in Scotland.

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) are organising a second Concert for Caring in association with Regular Music.

Tomorrow, the stage of the concert hall will be taken over by the Scottish pop-rock band HIPSWAY, joining forces with Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 to deliver a night of fun and music.

The concert is a big ‘thank you’ to the hundreds of thousands unpaid carers who work across Scotland to support families by taking care of their loved ones.

Tommy Whitelaw, of ALLIANCE, left the music industry to take care of his mother, and the event has given him an opportunity to get back in touch with artists he worked with in the past, while allowing him to continue working on a cultural change in the Scottish caring scene.

Tommy said: “Having cared for five years for my wonderful mum Joan and having met so many wonderful unpaid family Carers and people who work in health and social care across Scotland, I feel so privileged that former and present colleagues are coming together to support this amazing venture at the Concert Hall.”

HIPSWAY band – hipswayofficial.com

The concert will take place on Saturday April 6, and The ALLIANCE will be inviting guests from across Scotland, providing tickets to a pre-concert reception for Carers.

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Ian Welsh, Chief Executive of the ALLIANCE, said: “Carers put everyone else front and centre and this is a great opportunity to say thanks to them. And to act as an important reminder of our great NHS and independent sector staff who often go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Scotland’s HIPSWAY are headlining the event, and lead singer Grahame Skinner said: “I’m so happy to be part of the ‘Concert for Caring,’ because I’ve seen first-hand how difficult and demanding it can be. Too often carers go unseen, unpaid and unappreciated. We hope they can have a great night with us and the others on the show.”

The event is a joint effort of the ALLIANCE and Regular Music, who have teamed up to celebrate carers in a day of music and cheer.

Regular Music’s Mark Mackie said: “Regular Music are delighted to be again working with Tom Whitelaw, who in his previous life was a well-respected and loved tour manager, who over the years worked with many world famous bands before quitting music to care for his beloved mother Joan for over five years.”

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland has over 2,700 members including large, national support providers as well as small, local volunteer-led groups and people who are disabled, living with long term conditions or providing unpaid care.

Visit their website for more information: www.alliance-scotland.org.uk.

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About Sara Lovallo

Sara is an award-winning student journalist at Glasgow Clyde College. During her career in media she hopes to explore the fields of investigative reporting, production and magazine journalism. Pizza connoisseur.

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