Local family jewellers Sinclairs in Inverurie have already raised nearly £12,000 as their fundraising efforts to mark its 40 year anniversary gather momentum.
Sinclairs has set themselves a target of raising £40,000 to mark the special milestone, with all funds from a programme of events throughout the year being shared between north-east charities Befriend a Child and CLAN Cancer Support.
The campaign got off to a flying start in March, with a team from the business tackling the Run Garioch 10k road race, adding an impressive £3,110 to the already growing total.
A successful sold-out fashion show and afternoon tea event at Meldrum House Hotel in May, which saw hundreds of guests treated to fun and fizz alongside a prize draw raffle and clothes by Fashionista, Vanity and Gibbs Menswear, has helped boost the total by a further £6,000.
This was followed up by a generous donation from Inverurie-based William Lippe Architects. The architect practice, which itself celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, purchased two Raymond Weil watches from the jeweller and auctioned off the timepieces at its recent celebratory dinner and dance.
With both going for an impressive £2,000, the decision was made to donate the money to the Sinclairs fundraising effort, helping bring the running total to nearly £12,000.
Ian Sinclair said: “To have nearly £12,000 raised so far is fantastic and I’d like to thank all those who attended the fashion show and afternoon tea event. It was a great afternoon and we’re delighted that so many took the time out to attend and show their support to both CLAN and Befriend a Child.
“I’d also like to say a special thank you to William Lippe and his team. Their donation was completely out of the blue and is again another fantastic example of how local people are really getting behind our fundraising efforts.
“To have this level of support already is great and will be a massive help in our quest to raise £40,000.”
The campaign continues next month with a charity golf day at Meldrum House Golf Club on Thursday, August 27. The day will see teams treated to lunch before competing in a round of golf, with a barbecue and raffle to follow.
Team spaces are still available and can be reserved by contacting Carol Mackie (nee Sinclair) on 07415 660 324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are also on sale for the jeweller’s 40 year anniversary ball which will take place at Thainstone Exchange on Saturday, October 31.