Celebration raises over £3k for charities

Ian Moir with grandsons Jack and Cameron McKenzie, and Louise Mackay of Macmillan
Ian Moir with grandsons Jack and Cameron McKenzie, and Louise Mackay of Macmillan

A local man celebrated his birthday recently by raising more than £3,000 for two charities close to his heart.

Ian Moir, of Drumwhindle, organised a party night at Ellon’s New Inn Hotel on May 12 to mark his 66th birthday.

The evening featured entertainment by a Freddie Mercury tribute act and a fundraising auction was held later on in the night.

Ian was delighted to celebrate his birthday with friends and family, with some partygoers even flying in from various countries across the world to join in the fun.

Speaking to the Times, Ian said: “I decided that I didn’t want presents and that if anyone wanted to give me anything it would have to be donations.

“The night went great and I can’t thank those who came along and donated on the night enough.”

A total of £3,600 was raised on the night and Ian has shared the money between Friends of Anchor and Macmillan Nurses.

He chose the charities as they have helped both himself and his late wife, Linda, as he explained: “I just wanted to give something back.”

Ian added: “I’d also like to give a special mention to the New Inn, everyone did a fantastic job with the food and drink.”

This is the most recent fundraiser organised by Ian.

He had his hair and beard shaved off as part of his own ‘Brave the Shave’ event for Macmillan back in September last year that raised £1,400.

Louise Mackay, Macmillan’s fundraising manager for North of Scotland accepted the donation from Ian at the New Inn on Friday, May 25.

She said: “It sounds like Ian had a very successful birthday party and it’s great to see that his friends and family pulled together to support him.

“Locally the money raised could be used to help so many people affected by cancer.

“For example, Ian’s donation could pay for three Macmillan grants.

“Macmillan grants can fund a number of expenses including, but not limited to, additional heating for homes, travel to and from hospital during treatment and after treatment.”

Louise added: “If you’re interested in supporting Macmillan, please get in touch with me on 07595 091649 as there are a number of different ways to support the charity.”