Some party!

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A tea party hosted by six-year-old Lizzie Scripps in Ballater has raised over £700 for the Diabetes UK Grampian Voluntary Group.

Lizzie, who has Type 1 diabetes, was delighted to see so many of her friends, of all ages, turn out and have a good time for a good cause.

Lizzie’s mum Cat Houston elected to have her head shaved as part of the event this year with local hairdresser Sarah-Jane Cowan from the Hair Loft wielding the shears!

Cat said:”We like to do something different every year and I thought of this about a week after the last tea party, so I’ve been waiting all year to do it! I love my new look and give many thanks to Sarah-Jane Cowan who did an absolutely sterling job. A lot of people have said I’m really brave but I disagree. It’s only hair and it grows back again. It’s not like losing a limb or your sight.”

Cat said the sum raised this year was nearly double that raised last year.

“Every penny given goes to the Diabetes UK Grampian Voluntary Group which does great work helping out families in the area affected by diabetes, both Type 1 and 2.

“As always tea and cakes, many of them donated by friends and family, were served in the marquee. Cath Hendry from Panninich Way in the village, whose seven-year-old twin girls Louise and Katie both have Type 1, had a knitted toys stall, which raised over £250 by itself. We also had a bouncy castle, face painting by Hannah Johnstone and nail art by Diane McAllister and Linsey Blyth, which were all free and proved very popular.

A JustGiving site set up for those unable to make it to the party is helping to raise more money: www.justgiving.com/Catriona-Houston