Dear Jo and team
Our annual CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch at the Marcliffe went really well.
The 300 guests were treated to Paul Black’s fabulous voice on arrival. Michelle McManus was the perfect host bringing fun and laughter, as well as the obligatory sing along to ‘I know him so well’ which is always a highlight. Steven J Innes raised a fantastic amount during the live auction including a beautiful painting from Mary Louise Butterworth and a holiday at Robert De Niro’s Nobu hotel in Ibiza. The Sugahoneyz ended the day perfectly by bringing ‘girl power’ to the event by performing girl band songs from the 1960’s through to current day.
We also had the privilege on the day to hear from David Scanlan a CHAS parent. David told us about his beautiful daughter Willow who when born had a heart defect, however further genetic tests showed Trisomy 18. He talked of their journey and the support provided by CHAS. He said ‘Can you imagine the worry of losing your baby? weeks of sleep deprivation and never getting more than 2 hours sleep a night… These are the families that CHAS help. These wonderful people come into your home fully competent to care and nurse for even the most complex kids, the most precious thing in the world to you. They carry the load so you can grow yourself back a little. They do stimulating sensory things with the children along with singing and stories which, and it breaks your heart, that as their parents you feel you have so little left in the tank to do. The work CHAS does is essential. They reach out to every child in Scotland and try to ensure when it’s time to say goodbye, that it is not done with regret or bitterness, but with the knowing that your child’s life was valued, given dignity and shown respect.’ Willow died aged 14 months old last year.
We hope we’ve painted a picture of the day for you, but we also had our fabulous photographer, Carolyn Henry, in attendance and you can view her photo’s by clicking here. We’ve also had lots of lovely coverage of the event, including this lovely piece in Charity Today.
Hearing David’s story really brought home why we were all there and encouraged the ladies to spend generously on the day. I’m delighted to report that with your generous support we managed to raise a fantastic £73k gross for the charity, meaning that after costs £56,500 will go directly to our work with families in Aberdeen and the shires. In fact, the money raised on the day will fully fund a senior CHAS staff nurse in Aberdeen for a whole year, as we continue to expand our Aberdeen-based team.
We couldn’t have raised this kind of money without the incredible support and generosity of people like yourself, so thank you so much for agreeing to be involved and we do hope to continue working with you in the future.
Thank you so much for playing your part at our event.
CHAS – Children’s Hospices Across Scotland
Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).
CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.