CRIME writers Caro Ramsay and Alex Gray swapped their keyboards for cocktails as they showed their support for a children’s charity.
The talented authors, whose books are read across the world, gave up their time to help raise cash for Action Medical Research at an event dubbed Cocktails and Conversations.
More than 100 Scottish women got the chance to talk to Caro and Alex about their work at the event, which took place at the plush George Hotel, in Edinburgh.
Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity, dedicated to helping babies and children, and is celebrating 60 years of vital research this year.
The organisation has been funding medical breakthroughs since 1952 and has spent more than £100million on research that has helped to save the lives of thousands of children and changed the lives of many more.
Its work finds and funds the very best medical research to help prevent the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability.
In particular, the charity works on tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies, helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections and targeting rare diseases that severely affect many “forgotten” children.
At the Edinburgh event, Sony Award-winning journalist and presenter Edi Stark chatted with Caro and Alex, who laughed as they shared stories about their lives inside and out of the gory and murky world of crime.
Caro said: “It was a great pleasure to be able to attend such an enjoyable event for a worthwhile cause.
“My friend has a daughter who has Rett Syndrome and I totally understand how important it is to support the fantastic work of Action Medical Research.”
Caro, who grew up in Paisley and now lives in Elderslie, has wowed readers with her thrilling crime fiction novels, including Singing To The Dead.
She was born in Glasgow but moved to Paisley when she was about five years old, to a house near Brediland Primary School, where she was taught.
She went on to attend Camphill High School and has fond memories of growing up in Paisley.
Caro has used geographical parts of the town, including the Gleniffer Braes, for inspiration in her books and has fans around the world.
Alex, who lives in Bishopton and is a former teacher at Park Mains High School, in Erskine, is best known for her books about DCI William Lorimer and his sidekick psychologist Solomon Brightman.
Janet Balcombe, fundraising manager for Action Medical Research Scotland, was thrilled by the success of the fundraising event and has thanked both Caro and Alex for their support.
She said: “I have rarely enjoyed an event as much as this. It was very relaxing – just like having lunch with friends.”
lTo find out more about the charity, visit www.action.org.uk