Charity News

19 Jun Grampian Deaf Children’s Society

3rd April 2018

At the Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation annual dinner and dance at the beginning of December 2017 a prize draw was held and members chose to donate the proceeds to Grampian Deaf Children’s Society (GDCS).

GDCS is a local registered charity, affiliated to NDCS, who provide information, support and advice on all aspects of childhood deafness to the families of deaf children.


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21 Oct Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation Donate To UCAN

Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation, part of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, have donated monies towards UCAN. UCAN are a local charity that was launched 10 years ago and they do fantastic work in raising awareness and for providing Urological care for patients and families right here in the North East of Scotland.

The monies were raised at the Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation Annual Dinner Dance.

The Tailors’ decided that the monies raised should go to a local worthy cause and UCAN was their unanimous choice.

Gayle Stephen, Office Manager at UCAN, commented “On behalf of UCAN I would like to thank everyone involved with the Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation for the very generous donation to the UCAN charity Phase 3. This gift will be used to help UCAN focus on a multi strand approach including sharing of knowledge of the UCAN model, increased patients involvement, establishing outcomes of most importance to patients, establishing Aberdeen as a “centre of excellence” for education and training, strengthening of the UCAN specialist nurse position and continued fundraising for specific equipment including an updated MRI fusion system.”

The cheque was presented to Gayle Stephen of UCAN on 23rdJune 2017 by First Master Derek Simpson and Deacon Mike Morrice of the Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation.

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19 Sep Cheque presentation to Grampian Deaf Children’s Society


On 3 September 2016, Deacon Convener George M Esson presented a cheque to Grampian Deaf Children’s Society at Garioch Indoor Bowling Centre in Inverurie.   The Society were holding a Games afternoon for hearing impaired children from the north east, who can suffer a sense of isolation in main stream schooling.   They were led by role models, young adults from the hearing impaired community in our area.  The donation represented the proceeds of a draw held at a concert in Trinity Hall in association with Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

The presentation was featured in the Inverurie Herald in October 2016.

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28 Jun Tailors ‘Riding of the Marches’

Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.

Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.

Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation undertook a “Riding of the Marches” on the 23rd June 2016.  This ancient ceremony was originally carried out on an annual basis but is now part of the acceptance of new members into the Tailors’ Incorporation.  The name ‘March’ derives from the 16th century meaning of a boundary and is usually indicated by stone markers.

Comparatively new members Richard Sainsbury and Philip Sainsbury were ‘douped’ (Doupin is to drop or dump someone down smartly on the buttocks, specifically in the initiation of burgesses by bumping them on the boundary stones) helping to instil in the memory of the new members the position of the boundary stones.

The Tailors’ Douping stone is situated on Gallows Hill next to the Trinity Cemetery overlooking Pittodrie.

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30 Mar Charity Donation – Home-Start, Aberdeen

Deacon Norman Hutchison of the Aberdeen Bakers Incorporation presenting a cheque to Georgette Cobban of Home-Start Aberdeen On 14th March 2016, Georgette Cobban of Home-Start Aberdeen was presented with cheque by Norman Hutchison, Deacon of the Aberdeen Baker Incorporation. Home-Start Aberdeen provides families with emotional and practical support in their own home environment. Families – who are mainly referred to Home-Start via health visitors and social workers – may be facing a variety of challenges. These include ill health, disability, domestic violence or substance misuse.

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25 Jan Fleshers member goes that extra mile for charity

Ian_chssAn Aberdeen Fleshers member is going the extra mile to raise vital funds for Scotland’s Health Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), a charity which needs to raise £8 million each year to fund its programme of support for people living with chest, heart and stroke illness.  The charity provides care, information and support when it’s needed most – helping people to regain their independence. They also fund vital research into these illnesses and offer confidential advice and information.

Deacon Ian MacIntosh, who is from Torphins is taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon is already going all out with fundraising with an incredible £2,500 raised as a result of taking part in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, a fund raising event and from the generosity of Trinity Hall. (more…)

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12 May Charity Grand Slam!

Shoemakers Sportmans dinner 2015 Pictured (left to right) Late Deacon Brian Donald, Boxmaster Alastair Hunter, Gordon Bradley, Iwan Tukalo and Late Deacon Brian Scott.Local charities are better off thanks to the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation.

The fund raising dinner held on 9th May 2015 at Trinity Hall was a roaring success with a warm up act from former policeman, rugby-nut and well-kent after dinner speaker Gordon Bradley, who was full of good humour and appropriate insults for former colleagues in the emergency services who were present.  Gordon entertained the audience providing a great platform for the main speaker Iwan Tukalo, a member of the Scottish Rugby Grand Slam winning team in 1990.  Iwan, who won 237 caps for his country, provided a fascinating insight into the Grand Slam season taking questions and answers from the audience.

Gordon Bradley then acted as auctioneer where numerous sports and other items were available.

The evening ended with a raffle after which the Shoemakers were able to announce that some £2,500 will be donated to their nominated charities.  The beneficiaries were North East Sensory Services,  The Vine Trust  and the Incorporated Trades own charity account overseen by Dr Guilds Managers. (more…)

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22 Apr Charity Donation- Archway

Archway April 2015On the 20 April 2015, Janine Davies of Archway a local Aberdeen based charity who support children and adults with learning disabilities was presented with a cheque by Norman Hutchison, Deacon of the Baker Incorporation and Andy Leiper, Boxmaster.

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27 Mar Kilometres or miles? Which is longer?

I have now completed two UK “End to End” 14 day cycles rides. My first, in May 2013, was Lands End to John O’Groats, which for me, was a very daunting prospect as I had never tackled such a cycling challenge and this combined with the fact that I was beyond retirement age, it was a physical challenge that somewhat concerned my family. I had carefully selected Peak Tours, a cycle tour specialist from web research of the range of organisers of cycling holidays, believing that they would provide the most supportive arrangements and so enable me to achieve my objective of safely completing the trip. Such was my enjoyment of the experience that I put my name down for a place on Peak Tours’ Dover to Cape Wrath challenge, again over 14 days. This I completed in August 2014.

It is said that “there is no fool like an old fool”, and my actions after completing Dover to Cape Wrath, adds considerable credence to that saying because, I have once again put my name down for another 14 day cycle ride, again organised by Peak Tours – this time it will be from the English Channel to the Mediterranean or more precisely, Caen to Nice. This will be done in May 2015.

On any long distance outdoor challenge such as this, there are a number of factors which are going to test you: – (more…)

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