Dear Jo & Alexander House Team
Our annual CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch took place once again at The Marcliffe Hotel last Thursday, 30th August and there was a buzz in the room from the outset when the 275 guests arrived for an afternoon filled full of fun, laughter, tears and dancing.
We were delighted to have music from the very talented Paul Black at our drinks reception and all our guests enjoyed having their pictures taken with our huge CHAS letters on the lawn outside.
Michelle McManus was, as always, the perfect host for the day, bringing lots of fun and laughter, whilst The Soul Kings had all the ladies up on their feet dancing and singing along.
At the event, which was sponsored by Dron & Dickson, our guests had the opportunity to win stunning earring’s from ROX worth £4,800, a case of Laurent Perrier Rose champagne sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, a £500 voucher for Harvey Nichols courtesy of Whyte Crane Hire, a beautiful bag from Stellar and £1,000 cash prize courtesy of Chez Dean, as well as a great selection of wonderful raffle, live and silent auction prizes.
CHAS Mum, Lynne McKenzie reminded us all why we were there when she shared her inspirational story about her son Jack, who passed away at Rachel House in 2016. You can read Lynne’s story which featured in the Daily Record in June (see attached).
Whilst a lot of fun was had it was also a very emotional day. As well as Lynne’s speech, we held a direct ask where we asked our ladies to help us cover the cost of the CHAS at Home support in Aberdeen on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hogmanay and New Year’s Day and the response was overwhelming. The lady who won the £1k cash prize donated it back to CHAS and Chez Dean donated a pamper day to CHAS Mum, Lynne and her daughter Holly. There were lots of tears, but it was so heart-warming to see all the generosity and support of the Aberdeen audience.
I hope that I’ve painted a picture of the afternoon for you, but if you would like to watch our wonderful picture presentation of the day, grab a cup of tea and enjoy this CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch video below.
We couldn’t hold events like these without the tremendous support we receive from people like yourself. Thank you so much for once again donating a midweek stay at Alexander House as a prize for the live auction. With your help, alongside the incredible generosity of the guests on the day, we raised a phenomenal £61,500 which after costs means £43,500 will go directly to our work with families like The McKenzie’s. In fact, we managed to fully fund one of our CHAS Nurses in Aberdeen for a full year, which is just phenomenal.
Thank you so much for playing your part in our special day, we hope to continue working with you again in the future.
Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospice Association 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.