2017 Sportschallenge event a sell-out success as new venue chosen

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This year’s Sportschallenge event has proven to be yet another sell-out triumph and following a number of successful years at the AECC, is moving to the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel.

Simmons & Company International, corporate finance advisors to the energy industry, will once again be hosting the North-east’s premiere sports-themed fundraising dinner, to test the sporting knowledge of Aberdeen’s business community and, most importantly, raise thousands in financial aid for local causes.

As Sportschallenge moves to the Ardoe to accommodate this year’s event, it will again be hosted by renowned sporting personality Alan McInally; alongside former Liverpool United and Wales national football player Dean Saunders.

North East Sensory Services (NESS) has also been confirmed as an additional charity beneficiary – alongside Maggie’s Centre and Children’s Aid (Scotland).

NESS is a charity that supports local people with serious sight or hearing loss to help them overcome practical and emotional challenges so that they can lead their lives as independently as possible.

To date, the Simmons Sportschallenge events have raised more than £360,000 for a range of local charities, and through September’s dinner, the team is aiming to exceed its £400,000 fundraising milestone. Funds raised during the evening will support projects run by the firms’ three chosen beneficiaries.

Nick Dalgarno, managing director at Simmons & Company International, said: “We are delighted to have sold out for this year’s Sportschallenge. The downturn in oil and gas has been very challenging for the industry particularly in the North Sea and has also affected many other businesses within the city and wider region. Charities are no exception and so it is fantastic to see the business community come together once again to support this event and raise much needed funds for our chosen charities. With a full house at Ardoe it’s shaping up to be another successful evening and we’d like to thank everyone for their support.”

Graham Findlay, CEO. at North East Sensory Services, added: “We rely largely on voluntary donations from the local community and fundraising events like Sportschallenge are so important in guaranteeing that we can continue our community and outreach work.”

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