Media release: Dine with celebrity chef, Tony Singh, and TV presenter, Gail Porter, this Valentine’s Day

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IN support of two wonderful charities – Pulse of the Place and Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) The Soldiers’ Charity – a top Edinburgh fundraising team has created a sizzling curry and ceilidh night to help send North Leith youth samba band, Pulse of The Place, to New York City Tartan Week this April, as well as supporting the fundraising efforts of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The exciting curry and ceilidh – masterminded by celebrity chef Tony Singh MBE and Major Del Hamilton, Personnel Recovery Centre (PRC) Edinburgh - aims to build on the work by Tania Pramschufer and Olya Arren of Hand Up Events who have been the driving force behind the NYC trip.

The 2020 vision for this year’s trip to the Big Apple is to provide young drummers with a new and exciting platform to perform at while joining the World Fair Trade Tartan Clan at the annual Tartan Week Parade.

Pulse of the Place has undertaken a serious fund-raising campaign to underpin their efforts over the past year and are making a last, hard effort to secure all the necessary funding.

On hearing their plans, chef, Tony Singh, has drawn in huge support from the army Personnel Recovery Centre’s Edinburgh team to make the evening a sought-after Valentine’s Day event at the exclusive Redford Barracks Garrison Sergeants’ Mess – this February the 14th.

The evening will lift off with celebrity hosts, Tony Singh, showcasing his culinary skills and TV presenter, Gail Porter, adding her infectious fun touch to the exciting auction with a chance to bid for some luxury prizes, including:

* Three-course dinner for six held exclusively in the Green Room, Edinburgh Castle Officers Mess;

* One o’Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle for a family or a group of four people to have a memorable opportunity in getting a full insight into the One O’clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle. This will be followed by an exclusive lunch in the Castle Officers Mess.

* Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for Two (Sun – Thurs) at Dunkeld House Hotel – one-night stay in a double or twin guest bedroom with three-course dinner and full Scottish breakfast as well as full use of the Estate Club.

Guests will also enjoy a performance from Pulse of the Place drummers and of course, there will be an almighty ceilidh taking place – compering for the ceilidh band, ‘Drop of the Good Stuff’, guaranteeing a full-on fun night! Great beats and dancing the night away, Gail will talk the guests through the steps, meaning all levels are welcome to join.

Celebrity chef, Tony Singh MBE, said: “As soon as I heard about the fundraising plans to get the young drummers to New York – I thought I had to be able to help in some way. These are an incredible young group, who sometimes against the odds, come out playing, smiling and lifting people’s spirits.

“Gaining the backing of the wonderful army Personnel Recovery Centre team has been a real boost –  and a really fun event to be involved in – especially as we will be fundraising for both charities.

“So we are encouraging people to do something different on Valentine’s Day this year and join us at an incredible location Redford Barracks for some great food and ceilidh on down! Singles, couples, friends, relatives, colleagues – a night for everyone!”

Host of the evening TV presenter, author and journalist, Gail Porter, said: “I have been on stage with Pulse of the Place at the events organised by Hand Up Events a number of times, now, and they really do represent a truly professional and vibrant samba style with a Scottish twist. It will be an amazing sight and sound to see them march as part of the World Fair Trade Tartan Clan, in the Tartan Day Parade.

Major Del Hamilton RLC, Officer Commanding, Personnel Recovery Centre Edinburgh, added: “This is a terrific opportunity for us to showcase the hugely important work of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity which provides an incredibly important service to many soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are most in need. This fundraiser will help give us the ongoing funds and profile for our charity.

“In addition, it is a great collaboration and way to bring our skills and talents together to create a fun, one off event and give our backing to these young people. Our ceilidh band, ‘Drop of the Good Stuff’, and the ABF team are ready to make the night a memorable one.”

Event organiser and director, Tania Pramschufer, Hand Up Events, said: “We are just over the moon with the support we have been given by Major Del Hamilton and his Personal Recovery Centre team alongside Tony and Gail.

“It is a real honour to hold this fun event in the exclusive Redford Barracks Garrison Sergeants’ Mess and join efforts in support of Pulse of the Place and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Both charities, even though different in nature, have got positive impact and outlook, that we want to draw attention to and raise funds for!

“Pulse of the Place has participated in events organised by Hand Up Events and performed in the Scottish Parliament and at a number of concerts and events including the World Fair Trade Fiesta 2017; fashionABLE fashion shows; World Fair Trade Day 2019 at the Usher Hall alongside our very own Gail Porter and now aim to represent Scotland at the Tartan Day Parade 2020.”  

All profits from the event will go to the two charities, Pulse of the Place and the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. No fees have been paid to hosts or third parties.

Eventbrite link

Pulse of the Place fundraiser:

Valentine’s Day Curry Ceilidh tickets are £50 per person. Limited to 100 tickets.
Book now to avoid disappointment.


Notes for editors:

Photo credit: Mike Wilkinson

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need. We were founded in 1944 to ensure that soldiers returning from World War Two were well cared for. Since then, the welfare of soldiers, past and present, and their families has been at the heart of everything we do.

While there is a British Army, there will be The Soldiers’ Charity.

The overall scale, breadth and range of our support is vast. We help very young serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss. We provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come. We provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages. We are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.

Pulse of the Place is a vibrant youth samba drumming band, who have brought samba to a new audience with their infectious rhythms and their exciting samba fusion with both rock and pipe bands.  Pulse of the Place is made of young people in the North Edinburgh Area from 14 different schools.

They have entertained through their performances at a number of high profile events and festivals for the past ten years. In 2012, they performed as part of the spectator experience at the Paralympic Games in London and Lord Coe said it was “one of the outstanding projects granted the London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games”.

Hand Up Events is one of the UK’s leading ethical events and social action companies that exists to platform and promote fair and ethical trade to mainstream audiences. It also focuses on cultural exchange, primarily platforming and promoting Fair Trade as well as ethical and local trade through high footfall locations. Hand Up events are unique in that there are organisations attending their events from around the globe that come to sell and promote their ethical and fair trade products in Scotland, creating a circular economy that benefits everyone within the chain.

World Fair Trade Tartan is the brainchild of Tania Pramschufer, Hand Up Events who created and registered it, working on the design in collaboration with House of Edgar, textile designers who replicated the well-known and distinctive Fair Trade colours of green and blue in the woven design. For further information on World Fair Trade Tartan, check out

Tickets Eventbrite link

Pulse of the Place fundraiser:

Valentine’s Day Curry Ceilidh tickets are £50 per person. Limited to 100 tickets.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

For further information about this event, please contact:

Tania Pramschufer


M:  07914 254 334

Fiona Stewart, PR consultant, Interwoven PR


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