Befriend a Child to celebrate 10th birthday at annual ball

Richard Stewart at Befriend a Child

An Aberdeen charity that helps disadvantaged youngsters in the North-east is to celebrate a milestone at its annual ball.

Befriend a Child will host the 10th Big Kids’ Ball this weekend at Ardoe House Hotel.

The black-tie event is the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year and Friday’s one will have a birthday theme to tie in with its decade-long association with the charity.

Befriend a Child helps youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds get paired with a volunteer who can act as a positive adult role model.

Money from the event will be used to support the charity’s core befriending and mentoring service.

Last year, the Evening Express helped the charity raise more than £120,000 to help safeguard the befriending service through the Save our Smiles campaign.

Richard Stewart, head of fundraising at Befriend a Child, thanked everyone who is set to come along on the night and support the charity.

He said: “Each year Befriend a Child is a lifeline to around 300 children and their families in the North-east and our annual Big Kids’ Ball is our main fundraising event of the year to help us provide befriending and mentoring services to those who need it most.

“It’s also a chance for us to celebrate with our supporters and friends and have fun.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has shown their support by buying a table and donating a prize and we look forward to welcoming our guests to the event for what we are sure will be a fantastic night.”

The ball will have entertainment from Silver City Soul Revue and MC Ian Thain, as well as the opportunity for people to take part in a secret auction.

Prizes on offer include a signed Andy Murray racquet and a Denis Law Scotland top.

Energy company Nexen is sponsoring the Big Kids’ Ball.

The auction is now live for people to bid on items before the big event at https://www.befriend