Annie Lennox pens lyrics in support of The Sandpiper Trust

Aberdeen born Annie Lennox has donated handwritten lyrics to the Sandpiper Trust in support of its 2018 Every Second Counts fundraising extravaganza. The gift underlines both her commitment to local causes and her love of rural Scotland.

The Sandpiper Trust aims to save lives in rural Scotland by equipping medically trained, volunteer responders with Sandpiper bags which contain all the necessary equipment required in an emergency.  Working with the Scottish Ambulance Service, Sandpiper responders are often the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency.

The Every Second Counts campaign aims to raise £40,000 to fund an additional 10 emergency responders to join its growing network of life-savers. Central to the fundraiser , which will culminate in a gala dinner at The Marcliffe, is  its recently launched online auction which is open to the public.  As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 80 million records worldwide and won over 100 awards for her music, Annie Lennox’s generous gift is expected to attract much attention.

A special relationship

Speaking of the link between the singer and the charity, Sandpiper Trustee, Claire Maitland MBE, explained “A number of years ago, my husband Robin & I were delighted to be introduced to Annie at a mutual friends wedding. We struck up a conversation and quickly recognised a common passion for making a difference, through SING and the Annie Lennox Foundation in Annie’s case and Sandpiper in mine. I recall her genuine interest in our cause and her offer of support is one which  I am honoured to accept now.

Referring to the relationship with her husband, Claire continued “Three years ago, my husband Robin became unwell and on hearing of his illness, Annie kindly took the time to write to Robin. We now jokingly refer to them as pen pals, which is really lovely. It makes her donation of handwritten “Sweet Dreams” lyrics seem so apt and I cannot express how grateful we are for her support and allowing us to put her words under the hammer.”

The campaign is also being backed by Sandpiper Patron, Gavin Hastings and comedian Fred MacAulay who will co-host the Every Second Counts dinner on the 12th October. In addition, 2017 MasterChef finalist Brodie Williams will prepare, cook and serve up a celebrity style meal in the home of one lucky auction winner.

Help us to beat the clock

Talking of his role Gavin Hastings said “The greatest satisfaction to me is when I hear reports back from doctors of the lives that have been saved as a direct result of the Sandpiper equipment that they have been given. With over 1000 bags now in the hands of local volunteer medical professionals, we have the best chance of beating the clock and saving lives which otherwise might have been lost. But our work doesn’t stop there because when every second counts we are even more determined to ensure that as many volunteers as possible are ready to respond to a 999 call as soon as they are tasked.

Gavin continued “Claire and  the team have worked hard and relied on many supporters to gift their time and talent. The result is a fabulous auction filled with items such as bespoke paintings, weekends away, Spanish villas, fishing, shooting & golf days, husky & gliding experiences and so much more. I would encourage anyone to take a look. Digging deep may result in a successful bid, but the real winners are those whose lives will be saved thanks to your participation.”

The online auction can be viewed at and will be available until 11 October. It will reopen at the dinner the following evening. Dinner tickets cost £120pp with a limited number still available.

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