Myeloma Patient Tom Bruce looks to spread some Christmas cheer online

Fundraising news // 27th November 2020

To help raise funds for Myeloma UK, last year myeloma patient Tom Bruce decided to organise a Christmas Tree lights switch on event.  The event, which took place in Edinburgh at The Old Colliery pub, had a number of live musical performances and was supported by  Shawfair LLP . Such was the overwhelming success of the event, which raised over £1,700 for Myeloma UK, Tom has decided to hold the event again but due to the restrictions of the pandemic, he has had to think of a new approach to sharing some Christmas cheer.

“Last year was such a success that I was keen to organise the event again this year, but I had to find a way of hosting a fun event in a safe and secure environment. Following discussions with The Old Collliery, where the tree will be located again this year, we decided to stream the event over Facebook.  This way everyone can watch the music and Christmas tree lights switch on with their family in the comfort and safety of their own homes, whilst making donations to all the important work that is being carried out by Myeloma UK. It was decided last year at the first switch on to make it an annual event with the partnership of Shawfair LLP and Marston’s Old Colliery sponsoring the event each year, which we hope will grow and grow.”

The Shawfair Christmas Tree Lights – VIRTUAL SWITCH ON will be an online event only and will take place on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020 AT 4:30 PM.  Attendees can sign up to view the event on Facebook here:



Activity for the night will include:

– Singing along with Acoustic David and Fiona Wallace

– Hearing from dedicated fundraiser Tom Bruce, who has been living with myeloma for 3 years

– Joining in with a special countdown from Forth One’s Boogie and Arlene

– Before the lights go ON! a video link will load just before the event begins.

This Christmas tree light switch on is a further example of how Myeloma UK supporters like Tom are adapting to the new challenges of hosting fundraising events during the pandemic. Speaking ahead of the event Helen Quigley, Community and Events Fundraising Manager, Myeloma UK said:

“Supporter led digital events such as this reflect the innovation and resilience of our supporters. We are so grateful to all of our fundraisers like Tom who continue to inspire everyone at Myeloma UK through their creativity and dedication to raise funds to support our work.”

To raise funds for the event Tom has set up a JustGiving page in aid of Myeloma UK, which can be accessed here