Magical Night In Burnside For EMP

More than 75 people packed into Maureen’s house in Burnside on Saturday 23 November to raise pants and pounds for EMP.

People came from across Scotland and beyond to attend the party where the idea of the power of 5 was introduced and the crowd were entertained and amazed by Hypnotist and Magician Bob Burns.

With Maureen having cooked for weeks and with donations of sausage stew, apple crumble, tablet, trifle and wines everyone was well fed and watered.

For the first time at an EMP party we had a hypnotist/magician in the form of Bob Burns (pictured below), who said he’d been promised lights, a stage and dancing girls – instead he had to make do with standing on a chair and using his voice projection skills! Nevertheless Bob managed to amaze the crowd in Maureen’s lounge with Uri Gellar style spoon bending, mind-blowing card tricks, and even hypnotising Maureen’s daughter! Bob is not just a performer, he specialises in using hypnosis and Neuro-Liguistic Programming (NLP) for therapeutic reasons – to find out more about Bob follow this link  (

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Jo gave a quick speech to update everyone on the charity’s news, including that Maureen and Jo are going back to Buccama in February this time joined by Jo’s niece Caitlin, the fact there will soon be a dedicated EMP online Virgin charity giving site and also the idea of the power of 5 was introduced at the party.

Power of 5 

1 set up a direct debit in a multitude of 5
2 have a pants and pounds party
3 fill up a 2KG bag with pants to post to Buccama at the address below:

Haimanot Ammanuel
PO BOX 249
Buccama Clinic

4 drop off a donation and fill in a gift aid form

5 tell people about EMP

Here is what your donations mean in numbers:

£5 buys 5 pairs of pants
£10 buys a blanket
£15 feeds one woman for a month
£20 buys two mattresses
£250 feeds and fixes one woman including her medical procedure
£500 builds a new house (this has been done only a few times when it has been vital)

Yet again the generosity was incredible, from those who donated silent auction prizes, those who donated money and those who donated their time helping/performing or attending the party!