A GROUP of kind-hearted Scottish celebrities appear in the video for a single aiming to raise money for the Dogs Trust.

John Barrowman, Billy Boyd, Paul Riley and Jimmy Chisholm are among the famous faces on The One, Alyson Orr’s touching tribute to her beloved pooch Angus.

The Glasgow singer and actor, who is one third of vocal group The Swingcats, explained: “Dogs Trust are a non-profit making charity, who receive no government funding, and rely entirely on public donations.

“Like so many charities, they are struggling at the moment.

“As the centres are closed, costs are increasing but income has been decimated, so I wanted to help out.”

Alyson and her fellow Swingcats Laura Ellis and Nicola Auld recorded the single several years ago, as a celebration of Alyson’s King Charles Spaniel Angus, whom she says she “loves and misses to this day.”

“I wanted to get across the joy a rescued dog can bring to a household,” she says.

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“There are so many dogs that need loving new homes – often after they have suffered unspeakable cruelty or neglect. I wanted to tell people that it’s OK to re-home a dog; that it will work out – there is just as much love second time around for both the dog and the owner.”

“My dog Angus came to me because his owner couldn’t look after him any longer. I can safely say that giving Angus a new home is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.”

Alyson is hoping the song will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.

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“Maybe it will bring back special memories of lost pets or prompt people to consider adding a new family member in the shape of a rescued dog, to their household,” she smiles.

“It was an interesting experience making the video and we were very grateful to Billy Boyd and John Barrowman and everyone who generously gave up their time to appear in the music video.

“The centre in Glasgow really got behind it and were very supportive. We also got to meet the dogs, which was amazing – we all love dogs.”

A spokesperson for the Dogs Trust in Glasgow said: “Like many other animal welfare charities, Dogs Trust closed its rehoming centres at the start of lockdown, postponed or cancelled any fundraising activity that would bring people into close contact, such as community and challenging events, including marathons; and took the decision to close their charity shops.

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“While the rehoming centres remain closed to the public until further notice, the charity is now able to find some dogs new homes, or foster homes, and have set up a new way of working including virtual matching and handovers at new owner’s homes.”

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Alyson is also a theatre producer and her latest show, Still Gaun, gives audiences the chance to ask Still Game stars Paul Riley, Jane McCarry and Mark Cox, questions about the hit show which ended its theatre and TV run last year. Performances due to take place this autumn have been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The One costs 79p and is available here now, with all profits going to Dogs Trust.