Aberdeen students ‘Fine Fair’ raises over £8,000 for veterans charity

Left to Right: Lexy Graham, Maryam Shahid, Michael Parkes (Erskine Fundraising Manager North), Anna Paver and Jo Gillespie.

OVER 600 people from all over the North-East enjoyed a fun-filled day at The Barn at Barra Castle browsing over 45 local vendors, participating in calligraphy and charcuterie workshops, and joining in a raffle worth over £1,000. 

With help from the local community and key sponsors J+S Subsea and Mearns FM, the RGU students raised a total of £8,250 for the new Erskine Activity Centre opening in Forres, Moray this year.

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Event Makers Co. was created by a group of four final year Events Management students studying at the School of Creative and Cultural Business in Robert Gordon University. ‘A Fine Fair’ took place at The Barn at Barra Castle (located in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire) and bridged the gap between the industry, the community and its residents to celebrate local North-East businesses through a pop-up Spring maker’s market.

A Fine Fair aimed to raise awareness of the Erskine Veterans Charity who are expanding to the North-East this year. Erskine is Scotland’s largest Veterans’ charity and has been supporting Veterans since 1916. The charity currently has a Veterans Village based in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

Michael Parkes, Fundraising and Development Manager (North) at Erskine, said: 

“A huge thank you to Event Makers Co. for their incredible achievements at ‘A Fine Fair’.  To raise over £8,000, with over 600 visitors on the day is just phenomenal.  The team exceeded all expectations and should be so proud of their work.  They have been a credit to themselves, RGU and Erskine Veterans Charity from day one.  

All funds raised at ‘A Fine Fair’ will go towards the new Erskine Veterans Activity Centre in Forres, which we plan to open in 2024.  The centre aims to:  meet a huge unmet need for Veterans in the area, enhance their quality of life and wellbeing, provide the opportunity to engage with people who have shared experiences and history, learn new skills, explore a number of interests and access support services.” 

Event Makers Co. commented:

“We couldn’t be happier with the event outcome! Erskine is a brilliant charity who are working tirelessly to bring their services to the North-East, and we are honoured to have been given the opportunity to support their life-changing work. 

We are so grateful to the School of Creative and Cultural Business for their constant support throughout our four years at RGU. The staff at CCB are a credit to the university.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, vendors, and attendees, we couldn’t have done it without you. We hope you all had a wonderful time at A Fine Fair!”

To catch up on all the fun at A Fine Fair, head over to their Instagram @_afinefair or Facebook event ‘A Fine Fair’.

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