A GROUP of friends from all over Aberdeenshire recently held their fourth Taylor-Made ball, raising a remarkable £9000.
The ball which first began in 2008 was first organised when a little boy called Taylor had to go to Great Ormond Street for surgery, his friends and family formed a committee and from then on the ball has raised some fantastic sums of money for some very worthy causes.
The ball was held in March this year and the money raised went to the Diabetes Clinic at The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. Friends of the committee, Graeme and Lynsey Buchan’s son, Jack, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 9 years old last year.
The clinic will be able to use the money raised to help support the 200 children from the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area who attend the clinic. The money will also help go towards Colin and Isla, the ward nurses, who spent time going out to the homes of families who have had to make massive adjustments once a child has been diagnosed with diabetes.
Since the first Taylor-Made Ball in 2008 over £30,000 has been raised for various causes, including the tracheal team at Great Ormond Street, the Grampian Children’s Leukaemia Research Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, including this years money which will went to the Diabetes Clinic.
Committee member Susan Cantlay said: “We could not have wished for a better evening and we are all still overwhelmed with the kindness, support and generosity we have received over the last 4 years. It is a great delight to know we have raised so much money for children’s charities in the UK, primarily within the Grampian region.”
The committee would like to thank everyone for their tremendous generosity over the last 4 years which has made it possible to raise such a huge sum of money.
Graeme and Lynsey Buchan said: “We want to thank the committee and everyone who attended for supporting this worthwhile cause as the clinic have been a great ongoing support since Jack was diagnosed last year.”
Dr Amalia Mayo and Dr Wheldon Houlsby the Clinics Consultants, Isla Farley and Colin McNulty the clinics Paediatric Diabetic Nurse and Grace Chau the clinic dietician, wanted to thank everyone for all their hard work in raising the money and said that it will be used to support all the children who come to the unit.
Next year’s 5th Taylor Made Ball will be held on Saturday the 10th March 2012 and committee members are looking forward to another incredible event.