A St Andrew’s day busking event in aid of homeless charity, Aberdeen Cyrenians, raised more than £500 recently, helped by the musical efforts of Kemnay Academy pupils
The pupils sang, played guitar, violin and tin whistle to delight shoppers at the Trinity Centre in Aberdeen. They were volunteered for the busking event by their music teacher, Christine Lloyd. This was the first busking day Aberdeen Cyrenians had held but it went so well it looks like the local charity will make it an annual event.
In addition to a full programme of music from 10am till 4pm, there was a giant Christmas pudding, donated by Hudsons Catering on display and shoppers could donate a pound and guess its weight, or there was the chance to stir a Christmas pudding mix and make a wish.
A whole variety of musicians volunteered their time to make the day possible. These ranged from schools to professional musicians, individuals and those who are used to busking. The money will go towards Aberdeen Cyrenians Christmas and Beyond appeal.
The appeal this year hopes to raise £50,000 to sustain services over the winter period and into 2014. The charity’s Street Alternatives Project will extend its opening hours to accommodate more individuals through the festive season. Anyone who would like to support it can donate online at www.justgiving.com/Christmasandbeyond