Group celebrate fundraising milestone

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A local fundraising group have raised a fantastic £250,000 for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Gordon District Friends of CHAS have been continually fundraising in the Ellon and surrounding district since the group was formed in 1997.

The group is also celebrating the fact that five of its members have reached their 20th year of volunteering for Gordon District Friends of CHAS.

The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland is the only charity in Scotland providing care for families of children with a life shortening condition for which there is no known cure.

CHAS has two children’s hospices that offer accommodation and care for not only the child, but the family as well for short breaks.

As well as the hospices, there are CHAS at Home teams based in Aberdeen and Inverness as well at the two hospices that provide a home care service in between visits to the hospice or if they are too ill to travel.

The Aberdeen team currently is supporting in excess of 100 families throughout the local area.

Tt the group’s normal bi-monthly meeting at the Station Hotel in Ellon onTuesday, March 28, Sue Barratt, Hayden Barratt, Norman Davidson, Margaret Davidson and Blanche Beattie were presented with their 20 year service award by Sarah Secombes; CHAS’s Head of Community Fundraising.

Supported, not only by the local public, but also by the very generous local businesses, the Friend’s Group organise a busy annual calendar of events including bag packing in local stores, can collections, representation at many local events as well as Quiz Nights, and Dances that are well sponsored by local businesses, so that all monies raised at the event has been used to support the Hospices.

There is also 200 clubs with a draw monthly, this is called a 200 club – but it now boasts more than 500 members.

In common with may fundraising groups, the Gordon District Friends of CHAS are always looking for new ideas .

If you would like to join in any of their activities, either as a casual helper or committed member of the group, please get in touch with them by either sending an email to chas.gdf@gmail.com or call 01358 722007.

Alternatively you can put in a call to the Aberdeen office at 95 Rosemount Place on 01224 645000 and they will pass your details on to the group.