Friends from throughout Aberdeenshire have raised £12,500 for The Brain Tumour Charity following a successful fundraiser.
Earlier this year the annual Taylor Made Ball raised the roof at the Buchan Braes Hotel in Boddam as it raised vital funds for the charity - the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting this devastating disease.
The ball, which first began in 2008, was organised when young Taylor Dalgarno, had to go to Great Ormond Street for life-saving surgery. Friends of Taylor’s family formed a committee to welcome Taylor and his mum and dad home and to raise money for the pioneering children’s hospital.
From then on the ball has raised nearly £93,000 for worthy causes including the Grampian Children’s Leukaemia Research Fund, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Grampian Diabetes Centre and Kayleigh’s Wee Stars.
This year the group of friends was inspired to fundraise following the courage shown by the cousin of committee member Steven Dalgarno. Steven’s cousin, Carolyn Scott, from Maud, sadly lost her two-year battle with brain cancer in November last year.
Steven said: “We could not have wished for a better evening, with the largest number of guests to-date enjoying a great night of dancing, an auction led by local stars from the BBC’s ‘The Mart’ series, and raising money for an extremely worthy cause.
“We are overwhelmed with the support and generosity we have received this year and over the last nine years. Our sincere thanks go to all donators, supporters and guests.”
Viv McBeth, community fundraiser at The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts ofindividuals and groups like the Taylor Made Ball committee that we can change the shocking statistics of brain tumours in the future.”
Next year’s Taylor Made Ball will take place on Saturday, March 11, celebrating its 10th anniversary.