Once Upon A Sunday, Charity Fundraiser, Cottiers, Sunday 27 November, 2016



Once Upon A Sunday

A Day of Entertainment for all the Family – Charity Fundriaser in aid of UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières

Cottiers (93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow G11 5PU)
Sunday 27 November
10.30am – 4.00pm
£7 / £5 / Family ticket £22 / under 2s go FREE

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Once Upon A Sunday will take place at Cottiers in Glasgow’s West End on Sunday 27th November. It will be hosted by River City stars (past and present), Sanjeev Kohli and Libby Mcarthur, and they’ll be joined by Tam Dean Burn, Tom Urie and Pamela Byrne with a programme jam-packed with events to bring a smile to young and old.

Acclaimed children’s theatre company Grinagog will perform Row Your Boat and there will be storytelling sessions from Gill Robertson from the award-winning children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels. As well as leading children’s author Vivian French, Tam Dean Burn will read from Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo. There will be music from Sprog Rock –  an informal
interactive live music gig for children and adults to enjoy together and for early years, there will be baby yoga. Connect Choir will sing a selection of songs from its repertoire.

Some of BBC Scotland’s top make up artists will perform their magic at face painting sessions, there will be a soft play area, Bounce and Rhyme, a teddy bears picnic along with a BBQ, homebaking and craft stalls. And there will be a raffle with some wonderful prizes including a workshop and a chance to meet the dancers from Scottish Ballet; a tour round the River City set with actor Gary Lamont and toys from one of Glasgow’s favourite toyshops, The Sentry Box. Children (and grown ups) are being encouraged to come dressed up as a favourite storybook character. The timetable for the day will be updated online at their: Event Facebook Page

All of the celebrities and performers are donating their time free so all the money that is raised will be going directly to the two charities:  UNICEF andMédecins Sans Frontières.



  • Baby Yoga by Yoga Bellies
  • Bounce and Rhyme
  • Children’s Theatre by Grinagog and Catherine Wheels
  • Stories read by Scottish actors including Gayle Telfer Stevens, Adam Robertson and Jenny Hulse
  • A ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’
  • Tam Dean Burn reading ‘The Gruffalo’
  • Music by Tom Urie, SPROG ROCK, Pamela Byrne and Connect Choir
  • Soft Play
  • Face painting and hair braiding by BBC make-up artists
  • Fantasy cake auction
  • BBQ
  • Home baking and craft stalls
  • A fabulous raffle with prizes from BBC and Scottish Ballet
  • A free tea or coffee with every ticket!
  • Fancy dress as your favourite storybook character highly welcome (kids can dress up too!

MC’d by Libby McArthur and Sanjeev Kohli.  (Other very special guests tbc!)

Sanjeev Kohli said: It’s just a lovely lovely way to spend a Sunday with your family … knowing that you’re helping to help other families”. Libby McArthur added: “Watching the amount of suffering happening in our world today makes me feel increasingly frustrated, so any invitation to help in any small way is welcome.”

Nalini Chetty, who played Zinnie in BBC Scotland’s River City, was so moved when watching the human tragedy and devastation in Syria that she needed to do something to help. She called some friends and colleagues and asked if they’d like to help her organise a fundraiser for two of the charities in the frontline of the Syrian war – UNICEF and Medicins Sans Frontiers. The response was immediate and overwhelming.

Nalini Chetty said:  “Since becoming a mother myself I find the coverage of civilian casualties in Syria and the plight of displaced families, even harder to bear. I have been torn between the need to help and the desire to retreat into a protective fantasy-land. I think ‘Once Upon a Sunday’ is a healthy way to marry these two factors. At once we are raising cold hard cash to go to charities that do a lot of work on the frontline, whilst giving people and their loved ones in Glasgow a chance to celebrate the innocence and joy of childhood. It is such a great tragedy that this innocence is being destroyed in children just like ours and we feel helpless to stop it. Overwhelmingly I have found that so many others feel the same desire to help that I do.”

Sunday 27 November
10.30am – 4.00pm
£7 / £5 / Family ticket £22 / under 2s go FREE

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