Shonagh’s challenge

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A Durris woman is set to host the latest event in her year-long bid to raise £250,000 for charity.

Shonagh Brown set herself the challenge of raising the money before she turns fifty later this year in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Shonagh will be holding a Cinderella fashion show on Tuesday (August 30) at the Marcliffe Hotel in an attempt to raise more money for the charity and she believes it will be a great night for all those in attendance.

“There will be plenty of entertainment and the show itself will be a bit different to any other fashion show because it has a Cinderella twist,” she said.

“A number of different aspects of fashion will be on show including hair styling, children’s outfits and bridal dresses.

“It’s guaranteed to be a fun evening and there will also be an opportunity to purchase items featured from stalls in the hotel.”

Shonagh spoke to The Piper back in January after she had organised her first event - ‘Come dine with us’ - which raised around £5,000, and she has continued the fundraising throughout the year.

“There has been a great amount of awareness raised about the foundation so far,” Shonagh said. “The Mad Hatters Day we held went very well but unfortunately we had to postpone the Hogwarts day but I am hopeful we can get that rearranged.”

Shonagh has personal reasons for trying to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as she lost her cousin through Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life threatening condition where people diagnosed with it rely on numerous insulin injections or pump infusions every day, just to stay alive.

It is caused by the immune system attacking the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, meaning that the body cannot regulate blood-glucose levels on its own.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications, and is the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.

Shonagh plans to mark her 50th birthday in November with an ‘Ugly Bug Ball’ to be held in the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen.

For more information on Shonagh’s Challenge or to buy tickets for the fashion show, call Shonagh on 01330 811968, email shonagh@ascotswelcome or visit