Second wave of stars join For the Love of Scotland line-up

Edith Bowman created the event to help raise funds for the Masks for Scotland initiative during the coronavirus crisis.

For the Love of Scotland: The online event will take place on Wednesday. SNS
For the Love of Scotland: The online event will take place on Wednesday.

A whole host of new celebrities have been added to the For the Love of Scotland fundraiser line-up.

Hollywood star Alan Cumming, Rangers legend Ally McCoist, former Olympian Sir Chris Hoy and singer-songwriter Annie Lennox will come together online this week to raise money for personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Broadcaster Edith Bowman created the event to help raise funds for the Masks for Scotland initiative.

Alongside tennis coach Judy Murray, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, and comedians Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie, composer Lorne Balfe and musicians Rachel Sermanni, Stuart Braithwaite and Stuart Murdoch have also been announced in the second wave of guests.

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Actors Mark Bonnar and Sanjeev Kohli, as well as band Blue Rose Code will also appear.

James McAvoy, Edith Bowman, Martin Compston, Sam Heughan.
Scots stars: Sam Heughan, Martin Compston, Edith Bowman and Jame McAvoy.

Previously announced guests include X-Men actor James McAvoy, Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Line of Duty star Martin Compston.

The online event will also feature author Ian Rankin, actors Jack Lowden, Richard Rankin, Peter Capaldi, Peter Mullan and Ncuti Gatwa, and broadcaster Jean Johansson.

KT Tunstall, Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry and Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty will also perform.

Fundraiser: The event will take place on Wednesday.
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The night of music, literature and poetry will be live-streamed on Wednesday between 6pm and 9pm on the Gigs in Scotland Facebook and YouTube pages.

Bowman said: “For the Love Of Scotland will be three hours of people coming together through music, prose, comedy, conversation and thanks, featuring both plenty of well-known faces and members of the public. 

“I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am to all the people who are helping us out and giving up their time. Now we just have to do it.”

The crowdfunder will use 100% of money raised to help staff working on the frontline to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, including in intensive care units, GPs, community nurses and ambulance staff.

To donate, go here.