The second great Borders Bake Off…

Friends of PATCH in the Borders are running a Tea Party in aid of PATCH. This follows the success of last year's event, which raised over £2000.

Following the great success of last years tea party, The Friends of PATCH in the Borders are having a second afternoon tea in aid of PATCH. In addition to some wonderful baking, there will be a raffle, sale of designer clothes and sale of hand-knitted tea cosies.

Tickets are £15.

All funds raised from the afternoon event are being used to support a local project in the Borders General Hospital. Nurses working in the general wards of the Borders General Hospital will be working alongside specialist palliative care staff from the Margaret Kerr Unit and from St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh.

The aim is to enhance the palliative care skills of ward staff at the Borders General Hospital. So far, 12 nurses have received this additional training and it is hoped to extend this to as many nurses as possible, and to extend the training to Health Care Assistants.

Denise Brebner (centre) who hosted last year’s event together with her two baking ‘champions’ Helen Legge (left) and Christine Salem.

Tickets £15. Entrance fee includes entry into a prize draw to win a hamper.

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Cupcake photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash.

Balnabroich Open Day: Hog Roast

In support of PATCH: The Balnabroich Open Day starts with a hog roast.

A hog roast is being held at Balnabroich the Friday night before the show of pedigree Highland Cattle the following day.

The cost is £15 pp and the hog roast is being held in aid of PATCH.

This is ideal for those wishing to make a weekend of the event. We can assist in arranging accommodation.

To arrange tickets, e-mail or call 01250 881214/881254. Applications for tickets must be received no later than Friday 18th August.

Photo by lydia harper on Unsplash

Balnabroich Open Day: Charity Highland Cattle Show

In support of PATCH: A show of pedigree Highland Cattle, guided countryside tours, a three-course dinner, charity auction, ceilidh, ...and more.

Sir Michael and Lady Sally Nairn warmly invite all with an interest in Highland cattle & farming in the hills to enjoy themselves at the first Balnabroich Open Day.

This years’ event opens up Balnabroich to the public on Saturday the 9th of September offering a show of pedigree Highland Cattle, exhibited by top breeders from across the country, followed by guided tours taking in the breathtaking Perthshire scenery that makes up the farm and gardens at Balnabroich

Those who wish to carry the fun into evening would be most welcome to then attend the dinner and dance that is to be held in the cow shed.

3 course dinner will be washed down with drinks from the Jamie Thewes bar and followed by a charity auction and dancing into the night with the Mad Parrots Ceilidh band.

All in all it should be a fantastic day and most importantly all proceeds from £5 pp pay at gate day pass and £30 pp prepaid dinner dance ticket plus the auction bids will be donated to the palliative care charity @patchscotland

To arrange tickets, e-mail or call 01250 881214/881254. Applications for tickets must be received no later than Friday 18th August.

Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash

Charity Garden Sale in aid of PATCH

Come to the charity garden sale in Dundee and pick up some bargains on bric-a-brac, pre-loved baby clothes and goods. All in aid of PATCH.

Quiz night by the Dundee Discovery Rotary Club

The Dundee Discovery Rotary Club are running a quiz night with all proceeds going to PATCH. There will be prizes and a raffle. Bring out your competitive spirit!

Dundee Discovery photo credit: Julian Nitzsche, CC-BY-SA 3.0.

The Dundee Discovery Rotary Club are supporting PATCH with another charity event.

Dundee Discovery is an extremely welcoming and enthusiastic breakfast rotary club. Last year they funded a hugely successful wine tasting evening which raised £1200 and this year they are organising a Quiz Night.

Rotary Quiz 17th June 2016

Bring out your competitive spirit! The PATCH Board are giving a prize to the best named table.

Further information


Dundee Chamber Orchestra: A concert in aid of PATCH

In aid of PATCH, the Dundee Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Andy Evans, will be performing a concert playing composers such as Dvorak, Schubert and Elgar. Join us for wine, nibbles and great classical music!

The concert is the inspiration of Professor Andy Evans, who is Professor of Breast Imaging in Tayside. Like many doctors, Andy was torn between music and medicine as a career but has achieved distinction in both. He is now a distinguished player of the French Horn and a well known composer of classical music. He founded the Dundee Chamber Orchestra especially for this concert, which he will be conducting. Francesco Scattolin, who graduated in 1995 from the state conservatory of music “Agostino Steffani” in Veneto, Italy will lead the orchestra, and Andy’s identical twin, Simon Evans, who is also a doctor, will be the solo violinist in Dvorak’s Romance for violin and Orchestra op 11.

The Dundee Chamber Orchestra includes: 4 first violins, 5 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellists, 2 Bass, 2 flute, 2 oboe/cor anglais, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 2 horn and percussion.

We are honoured to have such a wonderful programme and such very eminent musicians.

Ticket prices

  • £12 (£10 concessions)
  • £5 children

Tickets may be purchased on-line or on the door.


Pelleas and Melisande Suite Sibelius

Romance for Violin and Orchestra Soloist Simon Evans Dvorak


Pavane Faure

5th Symphony Schubert

Chanson de Matin Elgar

Further information

PATCH National Launch

Following a successful local launch in Dundee, PATCH is delighted to announce its national launch taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

PATCH is having a national launch in order to raise awareness of the charity, communicate what we are trying to achieve and to bring together people who have influence within the field of medical care and related fields. The event is being kindly hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

PATCH is the first charity specifically to support and identify ways to deliver 24/7 specialist end of life care for hospital patients. PATCH is totally committed to raising the profile of end of life care in hospitals and is working with government, hospices, other charities and professional bodies to do so.

The national launch follows a local launch hosted by the Lord Provost of Dundee last year.

Those who are ill and dying need the best of treatment but deserve more and this is where the three C’s come in – care, compassion and comfort, not just for those who are ill but also for their patients families during such difficult and trying times.

Bob Duncan, Lord Provost of Dundee

The PATCH local launch hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee. Photo by Alan Richardson Dundee,

The PATCH local launch hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee. Photo by Alan Richardson Dundee,

Only a minority of hospital patients in Scotland who could benefit from quality ‘palliative care’ at the end of their lives either receive or have access to it. PATCH is working hard to support the NHS and other organisations to identify the requirements and support to deliver them.

To arrange attendance or for more information about the event, get in touch at