Charity movie for Carluke girl an internet sensation

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When a group of people in Carluke decided to film the charity event that they were holding to raise funds for a young, local teenage girl suffering from Leukaemia, they had no idea the sensation that it would then cause across Facebook.

Teenager Erin McCafferty from Carluke, was given the devastating diagnosis of Leukaemia in October 2015, after a short period of feeling unwell.

Family and friends immediately grouped together to support her, with some family making emergency flights back from holiday.

Erin’s twin sister Nicole sprung into action and decided to open a JustGiving page to raise funds in honour of her sister, for the benefit of the Teenage Cancer Trust, who have been providing support in the long battle that Erin is now going through.

The first action that caused a spike on the Internet was when Nicole invented the hashtag “#TeamErin” for her JustGiving page.

Within hours, people from far and wide were contributing to the fund, and sending in pictures and videos of them shaving their heads in tribute to young Erin.

Head shaves, to t-shirts, to beanie hats going on sale, all led to an amazing charity drive, where the JustGiving page that had a target of £800, now stands at over £31,000!

All sorts of different events and campaigns have taken shape under the #TeamErin banner, from marathon runs to donations for a holiday for Erin to focus on at the end of her long two-year treatment.

A local football supporters club in Carluke – Carluke Shamrock C.S.C. – then planned their own charity event at Christmas time. This took the shape of organising a group of 50 family and friends to climb local mountain, Tinto Hill, on Monday 28th December, with all climbers being dressed in Santa hats and bright high-vis vests.

The plan for the hill climb quickly grew into a full day event, involving transport being arranged for the climbers, a whisky tasting session, and then a celebration event in the local community hall afterwards.

With the event expanded, and a host of individuals and companies providing supplies and support, the organisers decided that they would record the full day in film and photograph. This would act as a nice keepsake for everyone involved, and for Erin herself to look back on.

But rather than just document the day on film, the organisers – Richard Swan, Michael McKeever, and Brian Connelly – decided to push the boat out.

The film became a movie that would show the full day from start to finish, but would also contain little funny sketches and surprises using the theme of the Scottish comedy show “Still Game”, as it’s a personal favourite of Erin.

As a script and filming got underway, the organisers also called upon another Carluke man to add a celebrity angle.

Martin McCardie, hit writer for shows such as Shameless and River City, managed to organise little personal video messages from celebrity actors. The likes of Greg Hemphill, Sanjeev Kohli, Jane McCarry, Mark Cox, and Gavin Mitchell – stars of the real Still Game show, all provided touching and inspiring messages for Erin to be surprised with at the end of the movie.

Actors from River City, such as Frank Gallagher, Paul Corrigan, and Keira Luchessi also got in on the act. Then stars such as Karen Dunbar and David Hayman

completed the bill to leave young Erin and her family gobsmacked when watching the film.

Watch the video HERE