The Castleton Dancers, who perform in the Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar twice a week to raise money for charity have donated over £50,000 to good causes.
Their very first collection of £1,400 in 2006, was for Children in Need, and that gave them their first TV appearance! Other children’s charities have included Children First, The Smile Train, STV Children’s Appeal, Starlight Foundation, as well as some individual children who were in need of financial support.
They have given to many medical charities such as British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Nurses, and Research into Cancer, Leukemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinsons, M.S., Motor Neurone Disease, and Osteoporosis to name but a few and have frequently supported servicemen and women through Help for Heroes, Erskine Trust, The Gurkhas, and Horseback UK
Overseas donations have gone to Medicin San Frontier, UNICEF, Orphans in Romania, and appeals during earthquakes, and floods in Pakistan and the Philippines.
Some say charity begins at home and the Castleton Dancers haven’t forgotten Braemar. Over the years they have supported the school, Braemar Scouts, Mothers’ and Toddlers Group, Braemar Junior Games, Crathie Opportunity Holidays, and both village halls.
They’ve also supplied picnic tables, floral tubs, and memorial benches and helped to fix the Church clock.