Charity News

04 Mar VSA benefits from generous Bakers Incorporation

VSA/BakersAt their meeting on 10 February, Deacon Duncan Love, Deacon of the Bakers Incorporation gave a cheque to Elaine Michael of VSA representing a sum raised at the Bakers’ Annual Dinner Dance in January. The Charity supported this year was Friends For Life which is run by VSA.

Friends for Life, the only service of its kind in Aberdeen, is an informal weekly youth club for children with additional support needs who would find it difficult, if not impossible, to integrate into mainstream clubs. Four clubs support 80 children at one time. Elaine Michael, who is the day care manager, runs the Friends for Life club.
She said: “We create special lifelong bonds between like-minded children. But to add this bit of sparkle to their lives and cover the running costs of the clubs, £50,000 per year is required, entirely from trusts, grants and fundraising. Money raised helps us get children involved in activities they may miss out on in mainstream clubs.”

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08 Oct 2012 – 2013 Charity Donations

See below a list of charities the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen have been helping between 2012-2013.

Max Appeal
AFC Youth
AFC ex Players
Aberdeen International Youth
Balcraig Foundation
Alzheimer’s Research
From Scotland
Roxburgh House

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08 Oct Charity challenge for Flesher Ian MacIntosh

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAberdeen Fleshers Incorporation Boxmaster, Ian MacIntosh, has set himself the target of raising a minimum of £1,000 for charity as he prepares to take on the Dublin Marathon.

The event, which takes place on Monday, October 28th 2013, will be Ian’s third taste of a marathon, having completed the Edinburgh and Loch Ness versions in recent years.

Ian will be raising funds for national children’s charity Whizz Kidz, which provides mobility equipment for disabled children and helps them lead independent lives.

He said: “Although I regularly take part in charity runs, such as the Whole Hog, I wouldn’t class myself as fit. I do have some unfinished business with the marathon distance and I’m looking forward to setting a respectable time. I’m also proud to be raising funds for such a great cause.”

Master of Trades Hospital, Sandy McKinnon, is pictured presenting Ian with a cheque towards his chosen charity. (more…)

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22 Aug Successful Fashion Show 2013

On the evening of 22 May 2013 a fashion show was held in the Major Hall at Trinity Hall in aid of three charities: the Balcraig Foundation, Calico and The Max Appeal.
The event was organised by Angela McKinnon wife of the Master of Trades Hospital assisted by the wives and partners of the Office Bearers.The event commenced with an introduction from the Deacon Convener David N Parkinson followed by a fashion show featuring outfits from The Fountain, Port Elphinstone, Inverurie, modelled by Trinity Hall ladies. There was then a light meal with presentations by representatives from the Balcraig Foundation and Calico detailing their work. The evening finished with a prize draw with prizes donated by individual members of the Incorporated Trades as well as the Trades themselves.
Overall £3000 was raised on the evening which was dispersed equally between the nominated three charities.


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21 Aug Charities benefit from Fleshers Generosity

On 17th November 2012, the annual Dinner Dance was hosted by the Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation, during which, funds were raised by attendees.

The Fleshers Incorporation matched the donations received and two charities benefitted from the generosity:

Friends of Roxburghe House‘, In memory of James Barber -a specialist palliative care unit in Aberdeen where care concentrates on symptom control for patients with life limiting illness

and ‘Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi‘, a charity set up to help feed and support orphans in Malawi during a period of famine.

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19 Jul Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation donate to Inspire

Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation donation 1 (3)Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation, part of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, have donated monies towards Inspire, who work with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs in the local area. The money was raised at their annual dinner dance, The Tailors decided the money, raised during their annual dinner dance, should go to a local worthy cause and Inspire was our unanimous choice.
Zoë Barbour, fundraising and events officer at Inspire, continues: “It is with great pleasure that we received this very generous donation from Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation. We are thankful for their support and were delighted that Inspire was their first choice. This donation will go towards offering the people we support additional opportunities that they may not have had access to otherwise.”
The cheque was presented to Inspire on Friday 5th July by Mike Morrice and Kevin Brown from Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation.

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31 May Trades Boost for Deeside Alzheimers


In May 2013, the Wrights and Coopers held a successful race night in the historic Trinity Hall. Attendees dug deep and the monies raised were presented to Fran Kelly, a representative of South Aberdeenshire Service of Alzheimers Scotland by Deacon Graeme Thomson.

Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families. They provide local services such as information and advice, support groups and day centres, which provide the chance for sufferers to socialise and enjoy activites and outings and giving carers a break.

A full article was published in the Deeside Piper

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24 Apr Cheque Presentation to Archway

Archway110313On the 11th March 2013, Janine Davies of local Aberdeen based charity who support children and adults with learning disabilities – ARCHWAY – is presented with a cheque by Duncan Love, Deacon of the Bakers Incorporation.

About Archway – Archway is an independent Aberdeen based charity offering a range of innovative community based services to improve the opportunities available and quality of life for people with learning disabilities in Aberdeen and throughout the North East area.

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22 Dec Shoemakers Dinner Raises Vital Funds

Shoemakers presentation to Sharron O'Loan of MaggiesOn the 26th November 2011, the Shoemakers hosted a fundraising dinner with Chris Cusiter as the guest speaker.  Sharron O’Loan of Maggie’s is presented with a cheque by Ex Deacon Brian Donald and Deacon Brian Scott of the Shoemakers.

Maggie’s is working in conjunction with The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation in an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £3m to bring a Maggie’s Centre to Foresterhill Hospital, Aberdeen for people with cancer and their family and friends across Grampian.

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