Charity News

19 Sep Cheque presentation to Grampian Deaf Children’s Society

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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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08 Jan “Coats for Kids” given a boost by Aberdeen Fleshers

Fleshers/Coats for Kids Handover

As hard as it is to believe, hundreds of local children will be going to school without suitable warm clothing this winter. No hat, no scarf, no boots, no winter coat.  Many families in our area have to choose between buying food, heating their home and buying essential clothing. Shocking isn’t it?

Therefore, during their recent Annual Dinner Dance, the Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation chose to support Northsound Radios “Cash for Kids”, which has launched an appeal for “Coats for Kids“, with the aim of raising £30,000 to ensure that no child in our area goes without the most basic of winter clothing.

Members and guests alike donated generously so Deacon Ian A MacIntosh met with Cash for Kids representative Emma Kemp to hand over their donation.  If you feel you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please visit Cash for Kids.

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30 Oct Dover to Cape Wrath

G. NicolWhen I completed the challenge of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats last year, I felt that it was something I wouldn’t need to do again…….and then I saw that an alternative “end to end” was being established, to cycle from Dover to Cape Wrath…..and so I was hooked and duly booked to tackle this one in August 2014.   Having had some very cold and wet weather last year on the ride in May, I thought that I could depend on better weather in August.  The route was around the same distance at 1050 miles and this time I would be travelling to and through countryside and towns I did not know well.  The route, defined by our planned overnight stops, was Dover, Brentwood, The Hemingfords, Newark, Wortley, Gargrave, Penrith, Thornhill, Brodick, Craignure, Mallaig, Kinlochewe, Ullapool, Durness and finally to Cape Wrath.  That route includes the use of seven ferries and so some of our days we had the additional pressure of requiring us to make ferry departure times.  The final known challenge was that the route required significant hill climbs as we crossed the Pennines, made our way through the Yorkshire Dales and then wound our way north up the west coast of Scotland – some 66,000ft of ascent in all. (more…)
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05 Sep Fleshers support “Cash for Kids”

Aberdeen FleshersFollowing their annual Dinner Dance, Boxmaster Ian MacIntosh of the Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation handed over their generous donation to Emma Kemp, the representative of Northsound Radios “Cash for Kids“, a charity dedicated to helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18 throughout the Grampian area, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

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