Tea party raises pot of money!

Pictured from left is Ciaran Johnston (7), Maddison Cromar (8), Lizzie Scripps (7) and Katie Hendry (8).
Pictured from left is Ciaran Johnston (7), Maddison Cromar (8), Lizzie Scripps (7) and Katie Hendry (8).

An annual tea party in Ballater has raised £565 for diabetes research.

Organiser Cat Houston, said: ”This is the sixth year we have run Lizzie’s Tea Party for diabetes and we had the usual tea marquee, a bouncy castle, face and nail painting and a quiz this time.

Monies are raised entirely by donation. Guests give what they can to the pot and everything available in the garden is then free.

This year we chose the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), which funds projects in developing countries to ensure children diagnosed with Type 1 get access to insulin, to benefit from the proceeds.

I never have any ideas of numbers but my maidie in the kitchen is pretty sure she made at least 100 cups of tea!”

Cat added: “Special thanks must go to Willie Murdoch of Deeside Leisure for the bouncy castle, Ryan Cromar for supervising it all day, Hannah Johnston for her suberb face painting and Linsey Blyth for doing a cracking job with the nail art.

Special thanks are also due to Mr and Mrs Scripps of Staines, Middlesex, who generously paid for the replacement parts of the marquee that were damaged when a very large gust of wind took it across the road and into a lamppost after last year’s party!”

A celebrity photo quiz proved too challenging for many participants but the winner of the mini hamper of goodies, with top marks no less, was Maddison Cromar, 8, of Crathie.

“We are always overwhelmed by the tremendous support, enthusiasm and generosity of the people of Ballater when we hold this event.

The weather mostly smiled on us too, which is always a bonus. A massive thanks to everyone who came and supported it and to those who helped on the day, friends and family, who made it possible.”