Two causes to benefit from second Ruby Ball event

Caroline Thomson
Caroline Thomson

Big kids can enjoy the fun of the fair while raising money for two north-east charities next month.

The Ruby Ball was first held last year in memory of Caroline Thomson, to coincide with what would have been her 40th birthday.

The devoted mother-of-two, who was also the head teacher at Cornhill Primary School in Aberdeen, died in 2016 after battling breast cancer, which eventually spread to her brain.

At last year’s ball, £12,500 was raised in her memory for Clan and Brain Tumour Action.

Now Caroline’s sister, Shona Gossip, has decided to organise The Ruby Ball once more – this time raising money for cancer charity Maggie’s and Hamish Dear’s Warm Hugs.

Shona said: “I never dreamed we would raise £12,500 last year, so when I was asked if the Ruby Ball was coming back, I decided to give it another go and make even more in Caroline’s name.

“She adored her two boys, Callum and Robbie, and loved her job at Cornhill Primary. As a volunteer at Childline, she knew only too well the struggles faced by some children on a daily basis, so would have done anything she could to help.”

This year’s event, which takes place at Pittodrie on Saturday, March 3, will have a funfair theme.

Guests will enjoy a drinks reception with a few surprises, a three-course meal and disco, as well as a raffle and small auction.

Raffle prizes include tickets for the inaugural Ellon Darts Masters, lunch at Eat on the Green, a show at HM Theatre, and bed and breakfast at The Marcliffe among the prizes.

Lots in the auction include a Scotland rugby shirt signed by the Six Nations team, a hospitality package at Highland League side Inverurie Locos’s ground and a photography session at Susan Renee’s Kingshill Studios at Kingswells.

For more information or to buy a ticket for The Ruby Ball, priced £50, call 07515 349890, e-mail or visit