Kevin Bridges challenges public to double charity donation

The comedian gifted £20,000 to Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) in a tribute to teenager Dylan Hairstains.

Tribute: Kevin Bridges made the donation after meeting Dylan Hairstains in 2012.
Tribute: Kevin Bridges made the donation after meeting Dylan Hairstains in 2012.

Comedian Kevin Bridges has challenged the public to help double a £20,000 donation to a children’s hospice he made in a tribute to his “wee pal”.

Bridges gifted the sum to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) in memory to Dylan Hairstains, a boy he met at Robin House near Balloch in 2012.

The 16-year-old, originally from Lockerbie, passed away later that year after suffering complications from cystic fibrosis.

Bridges said: “A lot of good causes like CHAS are struggling for funding during all of this, with their regular fundraising events being either postponed or cancelled.

“I wanted to make this donation in memory of my wee pal Dylan Hairstains, who used to scud me at FIFA.”

CHAS said: “In these extremely challenging times, we are so grateful to Kevin for his commitment to helping other children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

“He has also laid down a challenge to see if those who are in a position to contribute to CHAS can help double his donation at this crucial moment in time, and we’d like to take him up on that challenge.

“At CHAS, we’re doing everything we can to reach as many children and families who need us, but there’s no escaping the fact that we need to work even harder to raise enough money to continue our vital work as our fundraising events, face to face fundraising activity and many of our usual community fundraising efforts have been put on hold for the foreseeable future, leading to a drastic drop in our income.

“Please join Kevin Bridges and help us reach £20,000 to make sure every child in Scotland dealing with a life-shortening condition receives the support they so desperately need.”

The fundraiser can be reached here: https://justgiving.com/campaign/KevinBridgesChallenge

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