Charity ball guests raise almost £15k
Event: Child mental health to benefit
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”