Staff raise funds for good causes

Organisers: (L-R) Fiona Lees, Hazel Johnston-Cranna and Mel Youngson helped raise �2,105 for local charities after a busy year of fundraising.
Organisers: (L-R) Fiona Lees, Hazel Johnston-Cranna and Mel Youngson helped raise �2,105 for local charities after a busy year of fundraising.
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A Banchory workplace has concluded a busy year of fundraising by handing over cheques to local charities.

Members of North Banchory Company Ltd raised money through a number of events including soup days, bake sales and a Halloween disco.

A total of £2,105 was divided between three causes – The Archie Foundation, the Renal Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) and Made For An Angel.

Made for an Angel sells jewellery which has been designed by Banchory woman Donna Taylor and made by her family members.

Donna suffered an acquired brain injury four years ago and each piece of jewellery goes towards the cost of private physiotherapy sessions to improve Donna’s mobility.

Made for an Angel Jewellery is made by recycling old and broken jewellery, everything possible is reused, except for the ear-ring findings. The bits and pieces are carefully selected then lovingly made into something new and no two items will be alike.

Property manager Hazel Johnston-Cranna, along with colleagues Mel Youngson and Fiona Lees, organised the events and Hazel was delighted with the sum raised.

“It’s great to see local people pulling together and helping others who are on their doorstep,” she said.

“There are around 26 different companies based at the Banchory Business Centre and they have all been very generous.

“The girls are very supportive and we have also had a lot of help from Alexander Burnett (owner) in terms of supplies and using facilities.

“If it wasn’t for the help from others we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

The main fundraising event for the group was the Monster Bash which took place at the Crathes Hall in October.

Hazel said: “It was our third disco and this year we got the opportunity to go on a guided tour of Crathes Castle after dark, which was great.

“We always have an auction and that raises a lot of cash because many of the businesses provide some interesting items.

“We are already looking forward to our fourth bash next year.”

Hazel says that her favourite part of the fundraising is handing over the cheques.

“It makes people very happy, and seeing that this money can really make a difference to someone’s life is a humbling experience,” she said.

The chosen causes usually change each year, and often have a personal associations with members of the Banchory Business Centre. However, Hazel confirmed that Made For An Angel would be supported again along with Tourette Scotland, the stroke unit at ARI and a local centre which supports people with Down’s syndrome.

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