The popularity of Billy Boyd, star of multi Oscar-winning movie trilogy, Lord of the Rings, is set to add thousands of pounds to Scottish Youth Theatre’s £1m fundraising drive!

The money is being donated by ‘Billy Boyd’s Loons’, an American based charity website, created by fans of the young Scots actor.

The charity shares the same belief that J.R.R.Tolkien emphasized in his writings, that even the smallest person can make an impact in their world. Every item purchased from the group’s Online Shop contributes to the needs of its selected charities and this year, the main charity being supported is the Scottish Youth Theatre.

Robin Harmon of BBLoons explains; “Billy’s Loons Charities is very excited to have the opportunity to assist the Scottish Youth Theatre in providing quality theatre arts programs for young people. What should be remembered about Scottish Youth Theatre is that it is about much more than discovering ‘talent’. 75% of their work focuses on personal and social development through the creative process and over the years has assisted tens of thousands of Scots youngsters in this regard. In addition, we look forward to being part of the fundraising drive as a way to thank Billy Boyd for being such an inspiration in the lives of the members of Billy’s Loons Charities.”

Commenting from the United States, where he is currently filming, Billy Boyd, said; “I find it incredible and quite humbling that a group of people should use my name in fundraising for charities and even more so in that they take an interest in what I am involved in, such as raising money to develop the fantastic new building for the SYT, and focus their energies in that direction. If working in film brought nothing more than this it would be more than worthwhile.”

Mary McCluskey, CEO of Scottish Youth Theatre added; “We are absolutely amazed at this and are extremely grateful to the BBLoons for their generosity! I taught Billy when he was just a budding young actor and he has an active supporter of ours for a number of years. We can’t thank Peter Jackson enough for casting Billy in the role of Pippin in Lord of the Rings and bestowing this fortune on us!”

To find out more or to donate towards Scottish Youth Theatre’s fundraising efforts contact:

Scottish Youth Theatre at Forsyth House,
111 Union Street,
G1 3TA
Telephone: 0141 221 5127