Ellon ceilidh gives a boost to charity

Claire Mitchell along with the Ythan Fiddlers
Claire Mitchell along with the Ythan Fiddlers
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A ceilidh evening in Ellon has raised more than £1000 for charity.

Local woman Claire Mitchell organised the event in the Station Hotel last Friday to raise money for Maggie’s Centres.

Music was provided by the Ythan Fiddlers and the big turn-out enjoyed a rousing evening.

Claire has taken part in previous fund-raising events for charities and chose Maggie’s for her latest venture.

She said: “I think it’s a wonderful charity. I have raised money for the Scottish SPCA and Marie Curie in last couple of years and this was my next one on the list.

“It was a great night, and a brilliant turnout, everyone enjoyed it.

“The Ythan Fiddlers were fantastic and had a big turnout of 16 of them.”

Claire added: “There was a raffle and rolling of the coin. We raised £1007 pounds in total for Maggie’s Centre.

“I would like to thank everyone involved from the friends and family who attended and supported the evening and made it a success and everyone who helped who donated raffles, or bought them, and to the local businesses who donated raffles - The Ice Cream and Coffee Pot, Best Wishes, Skin Deep Music School and Watson The Family Butcher, Newburgh.”

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need.

The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 17 centres, including one in Aberdeen, which opened nearly a year ago next to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at Foresterhill.