Char­ity ball guests raise al­most £15k

Event: Child men­tal health to ben­e­fit

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS Fri­day, May 18, 2018

A char­ity ball has raised al­most £15,000 for north­east groups to sup­port men­tal health causes.

The Rib­bon Ball, which was held in the Buchan Braes Ho­tel in Bod­dam, con­firmed this week that ticket sales and a char­ity auc­tion had helped to muster £14,466 for good causes.

The event, in its first year, chose to sup­port chil­dren’s men­tal health groups in Aberdeen­shire and epilepsy char­i­ties.

Dave Wil­son, the ball’s sec­re­tary, said: “We had a fan­tas­tic night and 187 peo­ple were in at­ten­dance.

“There were var­i­ous fundrais­ing events on the night.

“We had main spon­sors, silent auc­tion spon­sors and ta­ble spon­sors that al­lowed us to make a lot of money for the char­i­ties.”

Or­gan­is­ers hope to pur­chase items with the money in the com­ing months and even­tu­ally present them cho­sen causes.

Mr Wil­son added: “With­out ev­ery­one’s help, it would not have been pos­si­ble. This amount is in the ball ac­count as of now.

“One line we are pur­su­ing is the idea of pop- to their up tents for the nine feeder pri­maries to Mint­law Acad­emy.

“In these ‘safe spa­ces’, the chil­dren will have dis­trac­tion items to help them deal with dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

“This will al­low them to re­main in school for longer and hope­fully be a big help for them.”

The Rib­bon Ball was held in March. It used to be called the Tay­lor­made Ball, which be­gan in 2008.

Or­gan­is­ers have raised money for the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity and, as of 2016, had pro­vided £93,000 for wor­thy causes in­clud­ing Grampian Chil­dren’s Leukaemia Re­search Fund, the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Trust, and Kayleigh’s Wee Stars.

“Idea of pop-up tents for the nine feeder pri­maries”

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