Music school boost for local causes

Joy Doorghen, left,  receives the donation from Ruby Mackay.
Joy Doorghen, left, receives the donation from Ruby Mackay.

Inverurie’s Chalmers Mackay Music School has run a special programme each year to support local charities.

Over the past 19 years it has donated to many, including Marie Curie, Cystic Fibrosis, Charlie House, CLAN, Food Bank Inverurie, Imperial Cancer, Aberdeen Children’s Hospital - Special Nursery, UCAN.

Last year it was decided to raise funds for the local branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Ruby Mackay, who started the school in 1997, said: “We are passionate about supporting local charitable causes, and encourage our pupils to stand with us by offering to perform at the various events we put on throughout the year.

“Last year the school ran its annual charity concert in March, their “T in the Marypark Festival” in August, and the youngsters of 11 and under donated their Christmas concert money in December - in all they donated £3600 to Parkinson’s UK.

“2016 got off to a terrible start when the area was hit by the destructive floods.

“We decided to run a month-long campaign - Flood Aid North East, joining with our co-charity friends Inverurie Round Table, and Inverurie Events, and to date the fund has passed the £4000 mark.”

Ruby added that Chalmers Mackay would have been unable to do this without the assistance of staff and pupils, and friends from outwith the school.

She said: “Our thanks goes out to all concerned.”

Joy Doorghen, who started the Parkinson’s UK Garioch Support Group, and received the donation from Ruby, said: “This is just such a surprise and a fabulous contribution to our group which will allow us to have special days this year for our members with a range of therapies and social events.

“Parkinson’s Disease affects everyone differently and we try to arrange to have specialists to give advice at our monthly meetings.

“We started with just half a dozen people but our meetings can now have more than two dozen and hopefully offer great support for each other.”