Aug 262015

With thanks to Phil Moar, Account Manager, Citrus Mix.

Shire Instant Neighbour

Susan Cheyne, business development manager at Instant Neighbour.

Players and members of Aberdeenshire RFC have come together to raise donations for local charity Instant Neighbour.
The Woodside club has been collecting items throughout the last month and has managed to raise a grand total of 202kg of bric-a-brac and 17kg of food which will go towards supporting those in need in and around Aberdeen.

Aberdeenshire RFC club president Alasdair Farquharson said:

“I’d like to thank all those players, both past and present, and members of the club who have come together to generously support our efforts in helping Instant Neighbour.

“To raise such a fantastic total really is testament to the efforts shown throughout the last month and it is great to be able to help a charity that is located in the community that we play out of. It really is our way of giving something back to the local area.”

Susan Cheyne, business development manager of Instant Neighbour, said:

“This is excellent and will certainly help us in our quest to support those hit by poverty.”

Among other charitable endeavours, a group of players, friends and family of the club volunteered in last weekend’s Celebrate Aberdeen parade, lending a helping hand to the North East Disabled War Veterans.

Shire Celebrate Abz

The parade itself saw thousands of people take to the streets of Aberdeen to celebrate the tireless work of the city’s third sector organisations in a display of colour and fun.

Now, the club will turn its attention to this Saturday’s opening league game as the 1st XV face a repeat of last season’s opening fixture when they travel to Fife to take on Kirkcaldy RFC.
Aberdeenshire RFC are a BT National League Division 2 side situated in the north of Aberdeen.

In addition to the club’s three senior teams, Aberdeenshire has a burgeoning ladies and junior team.

Further information can be found at

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Jun 242014

With thanks to Suzanne Kelly.

walk_onOn the 31st of May & the 1st of June, a group of around 70 people walked nearly non-stop from Fraserburgh to Aberdeen.
This was no mean feat for the participants.
The purpose was to raise funds to help learning disabled people, for items such as musical instruments, movies, arts & crafts materials, and so on.

Earl Solomon was one of the walkers; here are the photographs he took.

walkers_assembleAll Shapes And Sizes (ASAS), the charity behind this walk believe that people with learning issues need more than just ‘care.

The charity’s Facebook charity page can be found

Many of  the walkers work with people with learning disabilities, young and old.

Here is a video filmed on the day of the event.

2 North 4 South from Frederick Sarran on Vimeo.

2 north 2 south on the roadASAS sets out its principles on its website:

“Our vision is to enhance life of Adults with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties (ALD) and mental health issues by promoting social inclusion to those individuals and to raise awareness & understanding to the public. 

“By enhancing their lives & sense of wellbeing is to become a valued member of society via inclusion in all things.

 “We aim to use a person centred approach directly to one individual and/or within a group, in order to aid & help facilitate crafts, arts, outings and other future activities within Balnagask Court (Aberdeen) and in the wider community.


“To enhance a sense of personal well being is to educate with a therapeutic approach and fun means, this results in building trust and confidence.

“Our values are to treat all individuals with respect and courtesy regardless of colour, gender, religion, etc… We act with dignity & care in a non-judgmental way towards all individuals, no matter of the level of difficulties they may have. Those values also apply towards each other members of All Shapes And Sizes.

  “Our goals are to branch out and liaise with other charities sharing our values, for the good of all Adults with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties and mental health service users within the wider community. We aim to introduce further activities and continuous improvements to Balnagask Court communal area.”

There is a Facebook page for the event:

It’s not too late to donate, either; further details on the facebook page.

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Jan 022014

With thanks to Elaine Pilmoor. Family fund_Logo_40th

The Family Fund is a registered charity that gives grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child aged 17 and under.

Funded by grants, the charity brings practical and essential help, such as washing machines, fridges, bedding, specialist toys and much needed family breaks, which can often offer a lifeline to eligible families. Using their own eligibility criteria, The Family Fund tries to ensure that it provides help to families in the most need and last year supported 5,515 low-income families in Scotland. To find out more about The Family Fund you are invited to visit their website You can also contact them for an application pack at, by telephone at 0844 974 4099, or you can use the contact us page on their website.

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Jun 222012

The success of the splendid ‘Cash for Cans’ initiative by Aberdeen’s Future Choices will culminate this Saturday (June 23rd) with the unveiling of a new mini-bus for the disabled. With thanks to David Forbes.

The appeal was launched in February with the aim of collecting a million empty drinks cans which were exchanged for money to buy a second-hand mini-bus.

The charity’s chairman, David Forbes said: 

“Without the help and support of the Aberdeen community and oil companies, this appeal would not have been successful. The unveiling is our way of saying thank you”

He added;

‘We do still need your drinks cans coming in to maintain the vehicle and we appreciate everyone’s continued support.”

Dame Anne Begg – who will be assisting at the unveiling along with Lewis MacDonald and Richard Baker MSP – said:

“I am so pleased to hear that Future Choices have been successful in raising enough money to purchase a mini-bus. Transport can be one of the biggest barriers preventing disabled people from participating in community activities and this will provide the opportunity for many of them to get out of their homes.”

The event will take place at Shedocksley Baptist Church between 11.30am and 1.00pm and Light Refreshments will be provided.