The evening of good food and great entertainment (headlined by football legend Frank McAvennie) will help the charity continue its work supporting bereaved and broken-hearted parents. Brightest Star also provides paediatric emergency first aid courses to anyone who wants to learn emergency lifesaving skills.
“We’re very proud to be continuing our support for Brightest Star, which really is a worthwhile cause,” says managing director Steven McKinnon. “It will be a great night, but also a wonderful way to help the charity carry on with its wonderful work.”
The Sportsman’s Dinner is only one of the ways McKinnon Group supports Brightest Star. McKinnon & Forbes, the specialist truck and van repair garage near Glasgow, has supported the charity through its annual golf day, while sister operation McKinnon’s Auto & Tyres, a tyre specialist in East Kilbride, donates a cash sum every time a customer mentions the charity. McKinnon’s Auto & Tyres donates a percentage to Brightest Star for every tyre fitting and more for larger jobs as part of their loyalty scheme.
Brightest Star was founded by Arlene Clark, whose son Jack died in her arms in December 2012, a few days before his sixth birthday. Jack was a bright, lively and playful little boy, struck down by a virus that attacked without warning. On that day, says Arlene, Jack became the brightest star in the sky, and she now runs the charity in his memory.
You can learn more about Brightest Star and donate to the charity here.