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Community / Auction and live music on offer for radio’s Children in Need night

Some of the Radio Shetland team, with Pudsey - from left to right: Ross Cowper-Fraser, John Johnston, Iona Nicol, Adam Guest.

BBC Radio Shetland is gearing up to host its annual Children in Need fundraising appeal on Friday night.

The programme starts at 6pm when the pupils from Mossbank Primary School take over the airwaves to present Give us a Tune. 

Then between 7pm and 1am traditional Shetland tunes, jazz, country and rock will all feature.

Da Fustra, High Level Hot Club, The Fiction and Freda Leask are among a busy schedule of local acts performing live in the studio at Pitt Lane.

Will be playing tunes to keep listeners’ toes tapping with lightsome chat too in between songs, and regular updates on Shetland’s fundraising efforts in the charity auction.

Since the appeal started more than £1 million has been raised across Shetland.

At the moment Children in Need is supporting two local charities: Ability Shetland and the Shetland Befriending Scheme, to the tune of £180,000.

Radio Shetland editor John Johnston said: “The support for the appeal is amazing, with donations from individuals and businesses coming in from right across the islands.

“It is so humbling, at this difficult time for everyone, that so many people are willing to donate to the appeal. We’re all looking forward to the programme on Friday night.”

 Auction prizes have been spilt between three time slots: an early auction running from 7pm until 9pm, the STAR auction from 9pm to 12.30am, and the late auction running from 9.30pm until midnight.


  1. Burra Bear – Called Peerie Hansie of Pitt Lane and inspired by Pudsey!
  2. 2023 Accordion and Fiddle Festival – Tickets for two adults.
  3. Trip on the Dim Riv. A trip on the Viking replica longship for up to twelve passengers.
  4. One night bed, breakfast and dinner at Busta House Hotel, donated by Enquest.
  5. A trip on the Swan – a day trip for one adult on the Swan through its 2023 season.
  6. Brae Tyres – a voucher for up to £200 worth of tyres from the Brae Garage.
  7. Free Parking – A voucher entitling the holder to free parking on Lerwick’s Victoria Pier for the whole of 2023.
  8. Trip on the Knab – A VIP trip for up to eight people on board Lerwick Port Authority’s Knab harbour tug.
  9. Rams Head Fire Poker – A handmade ram’s head fire poker, donated by Bryden Jacobson of Brokkr Forge.
  10. LHD Fish – A box of haddocks to the value of £100.
  11. B&B Dinner – one night bed and breakfast for a couple at the Lodberries B&B in Lerwick, with an £80 voucher for dinner and drinks at either the Dowry or Hay’s Dock
  12. Woodcut Print – Paul Bloomer snowdrops original limited edition woodcut print.
  13. Fair Isle Flight Voucher – Return flight to Fair Isle or Foula for two adults with Airtask Group.
  14. Ooie Art – A framed felted Crofthouse.
  15. Architect Advice – Nee Gibson Architects is offering a day of their time for design and advice towards a project anyone might have.
  16. Four Hour Jewellery Making Workshop – Shetland Jewellery are offering a session to make stacking rings for two people.
  17. Sheepdog Training – David Sutherland and Isla Sutherland from North Roe are offering a one hour session to train your sheepdog.
  18. An oil painting of a tall ship, donated by artist Cecil Duncan.
  19. A celebration cake from the Original Cake Fridge.
  20. Four Panto tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk for the midweek performance.
  21. Northlink – A free return trip for two passengers, a car and a cabin to either Aberdeen or Kirkwall.
  22. Loganair – two return flight tickets on the Loganair network.
  23. Nort Bode Apartment – A voucher for a two night stay at a Nort Bode apartment in Lerwick, to be used before May 2023.
  24. 2023 Folk Festival Package – two memberships, two concert tickets of your choice and two foy tickets of your choice.
  25. Cooke Aquaculture Tour – A guided tour for four people to visit Cook Aquaculture in Unst and Yell. You will also receive one whole salmon and two sides of smoked salmon in time for Christmas.
  26. Two Night Stay at Busta House Hotel – The stay will include dinner, breakfast and a bottle of champagne on arrival, donated by Scottish Sea Farms.
  27. Adventures of Tommy the Cat! A chance to go to Tommy’s house and see his bandana collection, pick his next bandana, get a free calendar and photo with him!
  28. Peter Wood Tune – Peter will write a special tune, record it and provide a framed copy of the music too.
  29. Fine Lace Beret – A shaw beret, designed and made by Angela Irvine from Whalsay.
  30. Baby Shawl – A white knitted Hap
  31. Set of two original acrylic paintings – Two paintings of a boat and a winch by David Robertson.
  32. A free swim for a year – Enjoy a swim at any of the leisure centres across Shetland gifted by the Shetland Recreational Trust.
  33. Shetland Recreational Trust membership for a year along with a TotalEnergies goodie bag donated by the team at the Shetland Gas Plant.
The Pudsey inspired Burra Bear.


  1. Xmas Tree – a real Christmas tree from Cope’s Shetland Garden Co.
  2. Blydoit Haddock – A gift voucher for 10 kilos’ worth of fresh haddock.
  3. Blydoit Smoked Haddock – a gift voucher for five kilos’ worth of smoked haddock.
  4. Lace Scarf – A stripey, coloured lace scarf donated by Barbara Cheyne.
  5. Scoop Hamper – A hamper of food donated by Scoop Wholefoods.
  6. Four Hours of Free Gardening – Four free hours of gardening on the Shetland mainland, donated by Sarah Johnston.
  7. A case of beer – Enjoy a selection of twelve different Lerwick Brewery craft beers.
  8. Cocktail Delivery – A bottle of freshly made cocktail delivered to your house by Jonny Sandison.
  9. Scottish Parliament Goody Bag – A Holyrood-themed goodie bag.
  10. £50 Gift Voucher from Jamieson Knitwear. Spend it on their knitwear, fabrics and yarns.
  11. Shetland Wands – A specially made magic wizard wand, in the style of Harry Potter.
  12. Bigton Shop Hamper – A range of goodies from the Bigton Community Shop.
  13. New Fair Isle-style men’s rugby shirt, donated by SRFC.
  14. Wall Mounted Print – An autumn scene from Gordon Siegel Photography.
  15. Ukulele donated by High Level Music.
  16. Fudge Tub – 3Kg tub of local fudge, donated by Dianne Morrison.
  17. Canvas November Gales – Painting donated by Ruth Brownlee 30x30cm wooden panel.
  18. Julie’s Christmas Cards – Set of three handmade linocut Christmas Cards by Julie Dennison.
  19. Print of Napier City in New Zealand, donated by Timo Rannli.
  20. Knitted Scarf made by Hazel Sinclair.
  21. Pink Paddington Bear.
  22. Blue felted key box.
  23. A bag each of organically grown tatties and swedes from Burland Croft, Trondra.
The Scoop hamper.


  1. Christmas Tree – A potted Nordman Christmas tree, donated by the Brae Building Centre.
  2. A bag of Totties – donated by Da Flea, Allison Duncan.
  3. Cut and Colour – A haircut and colour of your choice, donated by Sharp Image in Scalloway.
  4. Six month Gym Membership – Give it go at the Shetland Weight Lifting Club in Scalloway.
  5. Meal for two at the Da Haaf Restaurant in Scalloway
  6. Wooden Step Stool – A pine step stool, made by Frankie Grant
  7. Asta Golf Clubhouse Membership – A voucher for two adult memberships for the 2023 season.
  8. £30 Island Fish Voucher – Pick your choice of fresh fish.
  9. A bottle of Shetland Reel Gin – A bottle of the gin made to mark the 40th anniversary of the Shetland Folk Festival.
  10. Walking sticks – A special set of his and her walking sticks custom made to measure by Vic Thomas.
  11. House of Commons Goody Bag. It includes wine, golf balls, chocolate mice and a tote bag.
  12. Plants and Trees – Ten sycamores, fuchsias and flowering currants and one box of primroses.
  13. Wall Mounted Photoprint – 12×16 inch wall mounted print of a photo of your choice.
  14. Vidlin Pottery  – A red and black pot, along with a Greek painting.
  15. 10kg of Mussels – fresh mussels, donated by the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group.
  16. Box of Fishing Tackle – A cantilever fishing box, with a varied selection of sea fishing tackle inside valued at £100 donated by the LHD.
  17. Alloy Wheel Refurbishment – A full set of 4 Alloy Wheel refurbishment at the Malakof with a Shetland Powder Coating.
  18. Large Knitted Doll – Made by Marion Gill in Unst
  19. Lace Stole – Hand knitted stole in shades of brown, made by Betty Ramsay.
  20. Vintage Rugby Short – Large Size worn on the pitch.
  21. Present Give us a Tune – The rare chance to present Give us a Tune on Radio Shetland.
  22. Black and white R.A.M Knitwear tie
  23. A signed book to mark 75 Years of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association.
The box of fishing goodies.


1900 – Young fiddler of the year Yelena Anderson accompanied by Kirsten Hendry
Magnus Williamson on fiddle and Liam Slater on guitar
Anderson High School Fiddle Group

2000 – High Level Hot Club
2030 –  2130 Freda Leask
2130 – 2200 Kirmirren
2200 – 2300 Da Fustra
2300 – Zdenka
Midnight – The Fiction

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