University Ball raises £6,500 in student's legacy

The Allister Boyd Legacy Group of Glasgow Caledonian University's glamourous annual charity ball raised £6,500, to be shared between CLIC Sargent and Teenage Cancer Trust.

The event is one of the many ways the university continues the legacy of the student Allister, from Stair, who died of a brain tumour in 2009, aged just 20.

University Ball raises £6,500 in student's legacy

Having been diagnosed during his sixth year at Ayr Academy, Allister worked tirelessly to improve understanding of cancer in young people while raising money for the charities that supported him and his family.

He attended Ayr College while receiving chemotherapy and was awarded Business Student of the Year on leaving in June 2007.

Allister’s determination and extraordinary attitude has inspired countless events and challenges in his memory with hundreds of thousands of pounds being raised for charity over the years. 

The annual ball took place in November 2016, in the Hamish Wood Building at GCU where dancing, games and speeches were enjoyed by students and teachers who were joined by Allister’s family on the night. 

A huge honour

On donating half the proceeds of their recent Ball to CLIC Sargent, the Legacy Group’s President Jenny Henderson said: "Organising the annual Allister Boyd Ball was a huge honour and one of the most rewarding experiences I have had during my time at GCU.

"Knowing the money we raised is going towards such fantastic causes makes the whole event that bit more special."

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Rachael McLean said: “We are humbled and incredibly grateful to the Allister Boyd Legacy Group and everyone who supports their efforts to continue contributing our vital work with young cancer patients in Allister’s name.”

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Rachael McLean on 0141 572 5706 or