Charity Kayleigh’s Wee Stars have revealed how proceeds which were raised at a black tie fundraiser last year has helped them continue their work.
Over the last two years Simmons and Company International’s Sportschallenge have raised over £180,000 for North-east causes including the charity based in Oldmeldrum.
This year’s event takes place this evening (Thursday, September 11) at the AECC which will see local businesses compete in a quiz while raising money for charities - Choices Aberdeen, Aberdeen Cyrenians, Mental Health Aberdeen and Maggie’s Aberdeen.
One of last year’s beneficiaries was Kayleigh’s Wee Stars who offer financial support to families that have a child with a terminal illness. Jonathan and Anna Cordiner set up the charity after their daughter Kayleigh tragically passed away in 2012.
Mr Cordiner said: “We are currently providing support for families not just in the North-east but across Scotland. In June alone this year, we provided £25,000 to eight brave families.
“The support from Sportschallenge gave us a massive boost. Several companies got in touch after to say they wanted to make us their designated charity. Also, a huge amount of personal fundraisers have been in touch and their emails often start with- I heard you speak at the Sportschallenge dinner and would love to raise funds for Kayleigh’s Wee Stars.”
Simmons managing director, Nick Dalgarno, said: “Hearing that being a Sportschallenge beneficiary has had such an impact is very humbling and emphasises for us how important it is to support local causes.”
The black tie quiz will be hosted by former Scottish footballer Alan McInally and Sky Sports presenter Jim White.