Tufted Duck ‘Masquerade Ball’ raises £6,586 for fund

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A MASQUERADE Ball at The Tufted Duck Hotel in St Combs has raised the superb sum of £6,586.

The event in aid of the Crimond Medical Centre Equipment Fund was organised in conjunction with the hotel and has been hailed a huge success.

The evening on Saturday, October 27, saw more than 150 guests donning their finery to support the fund which has now been raising money for 32 years.

The money is then used to buy specific medical items which are needed by the surgery and its patients in and around the surrounding areas of Crimond.

Fund chairperson Ann Bell said: “It was a fabulous night, and possibly one of the biggest the fund has benefited from.

“We are very grateful of the support from members of the community and especially the many local businesses who very kindly donated items for the silent auction and our diamond earring prize draw.”

The fund was established back in 1979 primarily to buy two-way radios which enabled the doctors to keep in touch with either the surgery or their home base which was hugely important in a rural practice.

Since then the dedicated committee has worked tirelessly to raise funds for specific pieces of equipment.

These items are necessary for the welfare and further treatment of the practice’s patients and are often not provided by the NHS.

Items which have been purchased in the past include defibrillators, portable syringe drivers for pain relief in terminally-ill patients, king of hearts monitor, for diagnosis of irregular heartbeats, nebulisers for asthma patients and an ultrasound machine.

Having raised the fantastic sum of £6,586 on the night, the committee would like to extend once again their thanks to everyone who helped make the night the huge success that it was.