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The following Scottish charities have facilities in Aberdeenshire and need your help, either your time
or donations. Click the Aberdeen charities websites below to learn more about their valuable work and how you can assist. If you would like your Aberdeen charity listed for free then please contact me. If possible please send any editorial you would like added.
Befriend a Child
Befriend a Child are an independent, Aberdeen based charity, and Scotland’s oldest befriending service for disadvantaged and vulnerable children. They are focused on providing support to young people across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. The children that Befriend a Child supports are all aged 4-16 and often come from troubled family backgrounds of parental drug and alcohol abuse, neglect and inconsistent parenting. Many have never travelled in a car, have no concept of how to eat with a knife and fork and have no idea what lies beyond the city boundaries. Visit
www.befriendachild.org.uk for further information.
I have published a book which tells the story of an Aberdonian military nurse who returns from Afghanistan and encounters The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The novel reveals her origins and takes him to a pre-war Duthie Park, modern day Cruden Bay and back to the past to the Battle of Loos in World War One where he witnesses the Gordon Highlanders in action. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, and each book will feature a well known Aberdeen ghost and Aberdeenshire area as well as modern Scottish Infantry in action. Read the first chapter for free.
Cornerstone aims to enable the people they support to enjoy a valued life. Everyday across Scotland they support children, young people and adults with a wide range of disabilities and additional support needs to become more independent and active in their community. Believing in the potential of every person they support, their highly trained and professional staff utilise their expertise and experience to help them achieve their dreams and aspirations. For more information visit
The Oxjam Music Festival which helps raise funds for Oxfam are seeking volunteers. For more information please visit the
Aberdeen Concerts page.
Barnardo’s are looking for creative and motivated people in the area to set up a community fundraising groups to raise funds for Barnardo’s Scotland.
You will plan and organise your own events with friends or other volunteers. You will be in charge of your events from idea to execution but will receive all the support you need from Barnardo’s to make your events a fundraising success!
Group fundraising for Barnardo’s Scotland is an extremely fulfilling experience, meet new and interesting people whilst enjoying raising funds for Barnardo’s Scotland, an extremely worthwhile children’s charity. You will also gain skills to add to your CV. If you are interested please contact Martin Reynolds on 0131 334 9893 or email
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Marie Curie Cancer Care
Research commissioned by Marie Curie Cancer Care shows that 65 per cent of people would choose to die at home. In reality, only 25 per cent achieve this. Every year, Marie Curie Nurses make that wish possible for thousands of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses across the UK.
Their nurses now look after for around 50 per cent of all cancer patients who die at home. They work through the night or during the day to provide care for patients in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home. They also provide practical and emotional support for carers and families at what can be an exhausting time. Marie Curie Nursing is always free of charge.
Volunteer and help make a real difference to the lives of folk in North East Scotland with cancer and other terminal illnesses. There are
so many ways you can help; from assisting in the Great Daffodil Appeal to holding a Blooming Great Tea Party. By giving just a little of your time, you can help them to provide more to those with terminal illnesses in the North East and more support for their families. Click to the
events page for details of those throughout the year or visit
www.mariecurie.org.uk for more information.
Sue Ryder Care Aberdeen
Sue Ryder Care Aberdeen provide specialist care for people with
conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's Disease, Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury.
Dee View Court is their first purpose built neurological care centre, and the first of its kind in Europe. They are the only people
providing specialist care for people with these conditions in the area, and there are still so many people that need their help.
Nationally they want to increase the amount of care they provide from 4
million to 10 million hours in the next ten years. Locally they want to similarly
increase the amount of care, but can't do this without the support of local folk and companies. Throughout the year they run and take part in events where
people can raise funds for us, such as the Baker Hughes 10k race and the Business Brains corporate challenge. To find out more or get involved visit www.suerydercare.org, or call 01224 245920.
Community Bursary Scheme
Aberdeen charities and those throughout Aberdeenshire are invited to apply for the community bursary scheme run by Union Square and their retailers. For more
information visit the Union Square Shopping Centre page.
Archie Fund Aberdeen is raising funds for the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital. There are many fun ways you can help.
One fun way to raise funds for your favourite charity is to take part in the Nippy Dipper on the 26 December. Read more with photos on the Boxing Day Swim page.
Each September, usually on the first or second Sunday, the Aberdeen Walkathon takes place. This is organised by the City Council and sponsored by a local company with money
raised going to local charities such as Cash For Kids, Inspire, Cornerstone Community Care and the he Lord Provost's Charitable Trust.
Jailbreak Challenge Children 1st
Dark Island Trust - Charity Ceilidh Band
Race For Life
Beach Watch Clean Up
Cyrenians Annual Sleepout
Touch of Tartan Ball
Great Inverurie Charity Bike Ride
CLIC Sargent is the UK's leading children's cancer charity and each day there are about 10 families who are told that their child has
cancer. CLIC Sargent is an organisation that can offer all the family members all round care and support. For example CLIC Sargent can provide:
- Specialist nurses, doctors, play specialists and homes from home care during treatment
- Specialist social care and family support in the community or in hospital
- Specialist youth services, holidays, grants and a helpline
- After treatment CLIC Sargent will help the survivors and support those bereaved
- Continue research into childhood cancer
Register your interest in helping CLIC Sargent at their website www.clicsargent.org.uk
An example of a Clic Sargent event is Kevin's Day which takes place in June each year from 10am until 5pm at Mackie Academy. Slug Road, Stonehaven. Events include It's a Knockout, fun fair, fun run, zip slide, car boot sale, craft stalls, 10K run and face painting.
Children’s Sport and Activity Camps
King’s Camps are part of the King’s Foundation which is a UK children’s charity. who hold children's sports events and camps during holidays. King’s Camps is a fantastic week
of fun, sport and activity for children who are aged from 4 to 17 years of age. It takes place at RGU Sport at the Robert Gordon University during the Easter
holidays and summer holidays).
There is a choice of over 30 different sports and activities that provide fun friendship and achievement, together with specialist sports camps: International Soccer Schools and Michael Vaughan Cricket. There’s something for children of all ages and interests to get excited about. Not to mention the theme days, competitions and team challenges which make each day on camp really special.
King’s Camps has an exemplary health and safety record, is registered with OFSTED and has achieved the RoSPa Gold Award for the last four years.
For more information and to book visit kingscamps.org or call 0845 643 5272.
Grampian Society for the Blind are hold Charity Firewalk in the City Centre each year. This is a free event and there is a registration fee of £25 for
firewalkers with a minimum sponsorship of £100 needed to be raised.
Many participant of a firewalk find the experience uplifting, empowering and inspirational. The motivational training can be useful to utilise after the event in an
individual’s personal or work life and many groups and organisations find their teams achieve much more. In particular overcoming fear an failure.
Money raised will be donated to the Grampian Society for the Blind and their vital work for the visually impaired people in the North East of Scotland.
If you would like to participate then please contact the Fundraising Team, Grampian Society for the Blind, 21 John Street, AB25 1BT or telephone: 0845 27 12345.
Aberdeen Midnight Walk
An Aberdeen Midnight Walk is organised by Sue Ryder Care during September. This fun night for all the girls takes place over a 10km route which starts and finishes at
The Brig O'Don restaurant on King Street near to the beach. The route will take you along the Beach Esplanade soaking up the sea air. The half way point will be at
Gala Bingo on Frederick Street for some half way refreshments. On your return to The Brig O'Don a well
deserved breakfast and goody bag awaits you!
To register visit www.suerydercare.org/midnightwalks and fill in an entry form. Registration costs £15 and each walker will receive a T-shirt, sponsor form and special Midnight Walk goodies.
All money raised goes towards supporting the Sur Ryder services in Scotland which includes their care centre at Dee View Court in Kincorth. It also helps Sue Ryder to keep caring for people with complex conditions such as Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, stroke and brain injury. In the UK Sue Ryder provide care 24 hours every day in their 14 care centres and in people’s homes, and each year Sue Ryder have to raise £74 million to fund their work.
For more information please contact Claire Lindsay on 01224 245920 or 07770 443973.
Wee Walks Fitness For Kids
Wee Walks Fitness For Kids is a fun and social family walk that takes place at the Duthie Park in May. During Wee Walks Fitness For Kids children and adults
can learn about healthy eating and active lifestyles from Marco the Monkey and friends!
Entry to the Wee Walk is open to children aged up to 12 years and registration is £10 which includes one free adult place. There is the choice of walking one or three miles. During the walk children can meet various characters and collect healthy snacks. Each child receives a healthy eating chart to follow in the build up to the event, a WeeWalks Healthy Eating cotton drawstring rucksack and a special medal to celebrate their achievement.
There is also the opportunity for each child to raise funds for WildHearts by getting sponsored to eat their 5 portions a day of fruit or vegetables in the run up to their Wee Walk. WildHearts is a unique Scottish charity that tackles global poverty by providing micro-loans and business training to the poor in developing countries, enabling them to work their own way out of poverty and transform their families lives. Read more about their work at wilddayout.com
At the WeeWalk each child will receive an info pack which will bring WildHearts’ work to life and explain how their efforts have helped other families and children. All WeeWalkers who reach the suggested sponsorship target will be able to join the 'WeeHeroes' club and receive a special certificate, stickers and a WeeHero badge.
For more information or to register please visit www.wilddayout.com or call 01667 458849
Bling Fling Charity Walk & Party
10K walk along the old Deeside railway line from Duthie Park Winter Gardens to Cults and back. There will be a party at the end to celebrate life and friendship. Last
years event helped raise over £75,000 for Breast Cancer Research projects at ARI and Archway, which supports families with learning disabilities across the North East. Entrants must pre-register and they can do that via the Bling Fling website www.blingfling.org