Gannet and Absent Ear raise £10k for charity

GLASGOW venues The Gannet and The Absent Ear have raised almost £10,000 for Glasgow charity Refuweegee after a two-night fundraising initiative.

The fine dining restaurant, which was last year named SLTN Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year, and cocktail bar hosted crossover events earlier this month, with the team from The Absent Ear providing drinks at The Gannet one night before The Gannet team took over The Absent Ear kitchen the following evening.

Tickets for the events cost £100 per night, with additional funds raised via an auction that included prizes such as both teams providing home drinks and dining for the winning bid.

All proceeds from the events have gone to Refuweegee, which supports refugees settling in Glasgow.

Alex Riches, operations manager for The Absent Ear and sister venues The Amsterdam and St Luke’s, said: “We are absolutely delighted by the response to this unique crossover event.

“We are firm believers in all of us pulling together to achieve great things and teaming up with leaders in the food world like The Gannet was a pleasure. We loved doing this with them.

“We are thrilled at the level of support and hope that £10,000 can help a lot of refugees through this amazing charity. We all need to help others where we can, so please do get in touch if you need our help. Thanks as always to our amazing partners, including Edrington group, Tennent’s, Whyte & Mackay, Glasgow Warriors and Brewgooder.”

Peter McKenna of The Gannet said the Refuweegee charity “shows how warm-hearted the people of Glasgow are and we’re proud to be in a position to support them with our good friends at The Absent Ear”.