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Cocktails and Conversation

Cocktails and Conversation 2013

Cocktails and Conversation 2013 was a huge success Edi Stark BBC radio Scotland Presenter Interviewed Paralympic gold medal winner Neil Fachie MBE and Dr Olivia Giles, quadruple amputee and charity campaigner

Over 100 ladies attended and enjoyed a cocktail on arrival before browsing through the merchandise on display courtesy of SheilMoir Designs and Daisyboo Accessories.

Inspiration was the theme of the day from two amazing speakers who had achieved so much in the face of adversity. Neil’s humorous approach to life had the ladies in laughter.

Neil said “It was great to be back up in Scotland for such a worthwhile cause. The Cocktails and Conversation ladies lunch in Aid of Action Medical Research was a great event, I enjoyed meeting so many interesting people".

For further information contact Cecilia on 01236 782820 or email

2013 guests

Olivia Giles

Olivia Giles (born 1965) graduated in law from Glasgow University. Until 2002 she was a commercial property partner with Scottish law firm, Maclay Murray & Spens. That year she contracted the blood poisoning form of meningitis as a result of which both of her lower legs and both of her lower arms had to be amputated. After months of rehabilitation she made a full recovery and is fully mobile on prosthetic legs.


Neil Fachie

At the London 2012 Paralympics, Neil, with his tandem pilot Barney Storey competed in the Men’s 1km time trial for riders with visual impairment. They set a world record to take gold and their time of 1:01.351 was the fastest time ever ridden on a tandem - Paralympic or non-disabled. The velodrome victory was Scotland’s first gold of the games. Neil is also a winner at the Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards.


Edi Stark

BBC Radio Scotland Presenter and owner of Stark Productions will interview our guests who will stun you with their stories of achievement in the face of adversity.



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