Aberdeen Circus Ball raises £105,000 for JDRF

Posted on 11 April 2014

Aberdeen maintained its impressive fundraising record on 22 March when the ninth JDRF Gala Ball in Aberdeen, held at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, raised £105,000 on the night.

The evening was circus themed, and guests were welcomed and entertained throughout the evening by fire jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon modellers, showgirls and dancing from the Scott School of Dancing.

After the drinks reception, guests moved up to the ballroom where their host, radio and television personality Grant Stott, welcomed them. The ballroom, decked out in the style of a big top tent in red and white, looked stunning. Attendees heard from Michelle Vivers, whose son Jaxon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 22 months old. Michelle spoke movingly about the impact that type 1 has on Jaxon. The raffle was drawn and then we were underway with the live auction.

Dr Tim Tree, Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London also spoke. Dr Tree gave a fascinating speech on his work to reset the immune system. He and his team are working to stop the immune system destroying beta cells that are still being produced in bodies of those with type 1 diabetes. This would also allow beta cell transplants to take place and be a cure for those with type 1. Lot 13 was then auctioned, with guests pledging donations towards this research project.

By the end of the night a staggering £105,000 had been raised. Thank you so much to all of you who attended, donated and volunteered and to our very generous corporate sponsors.

Catriona Morrice, Regional Fundraiser for JDRF Scotland, said: ‘JDRF Scotland would like to thank everyone who attended the Circus Ball, kindly donated prizes and volunteered their time on the evening. Together with the hard work of the ball committee in organising the event, everyone helped to make the evening such a fantastic success. A huge thank you to our corporate sponsors whose support and generosity was invaluable on the night. We really would not have been able to achieve any of this without everyone’s support.’

You can few photos from the evening in the Flickr album here.