Friends of Carronhill to benefit

Alison Thomson, chair of the Friends of Carronhill's son Craig Thomson who attends the school
Alison Thomson, chair of the Friends of Carronhill's son Craig Thomson who attends the school

Two north-east charities are set to benefit from Simmons & Company International’s annual Sportschallenge event in Aberdeen.

The Sandpiper Trust and Friends of Carronhill will receive funds along with Maggie’s Aberdeen and Children’s Aid (Scotland) Ltd from the question of sport style quiz which will take place on Thursday September 17 at the AECC.

The black-tie quiz, which last year raised more than £110,000 for deserving causes, will be hosted by former Scottish footballer Alan McInally who will this year be joined by former Scotland rugby captain Andy Nicol.

Nick Dalgarno, managing director at Simmons, said: “When looking at which charities to support this year, Friends of Carronhill and The Sandpiper Trust were two causes which stood out for us as being very deserving.

“Both charities are run by a small dedicated group of volunteers and we hope that the money raised by Sportschallenge will have a great impact on their efforts and help to raise awareness for the causes they champion.”

Friends of Carronhill support the little extras that make all the difference to the children who attend Carronhill School in Stonehaven. The school is one of only three in the north-east which caters for children from age five to 18 with special needs, ranging from behavioural challenges such as Autism to physical difficulties such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. Pupils attend the school from Aberdeen, Westhill, Ballater and other local areas.

Alison Thomson, chair of the Friends of Carronhill, said: “We are quite a small charity and at our core we are a group of parents who want to do the best we can for our children. My son attends Carronhill and I would be lost without it, so we want to do as much as we can to support the school and provide facilities which otherwise might not be available to the children.

“We are so excited about the support from Sportschallenge. Recently, we have looked into getting bikes for the school as many of the children have never had the opportunity to ride bikes so we would love to be able to purchase some. We are also looking into creating a new sensory room. All of these things are very expensive though and wouldn’t be possible without support from fundraising and sponsorship.”

Claire Maitland, trustee of the Sandpiper Trust said: “Over the course of the last 14 years we have seen the Sandpiper Trust continue to grow and we have been able to provide Sandpiper bags across rural Aberdeenshire which have saved countless lives.

“Being chosen to receive money from Sportschallenge is fantastic news for the charity as corporate support such as this will allow us to purchase new equipment, provide training and raise awareness of our cause.”

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