The New Tartan Ball is coming back with a bang!

New Tartan Ball, Aberdeen

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The Beach Ball Room in Aberdeen will light up on Friday 26 November for this year’s New Tartan Ball, benefiting the work of children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland across the North East of Scotland.

Last taking place in 2018, the Ball has been a staple in the Aberdeen events calendar for 32 years.

All of the money raised at the New Tartan Ball will go towards Barnardo’s services in the North East of Scotland. Through six community-based services and working within schools, today Barnardo’s is supporting more than 500 children, young people and their families around the City and Shire. 

Today across the North East of Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland is working within areas including residential care, helping to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation as well as supporting children and young people who have been, or who are, at risk of being victims, as well as practical advice and support to young carers as they try to balance a role of supporting others, with a healthy childhood.

The vital funds raised will ensure these services can continue to make a difference. All of the activities undertaken by Barnardo’s Scotland are ultimately focussed on ensuring there are stronger families, safer childhoods and positive futures across the country. 

Dawn Ward, Assistant Director for Children Services at Barnardo’s said: “We are extremely grateful to Maren Ruddiman, Chair of the Committee and all of the committee members for the organisation of the New Tartan Ball, and for choosing to support children across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

“As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for all of us, but for thousands of children, it’s brought to light a reality starker than we could ever have imagined.

“The New Tartan Ball is set to be a wonderful night, full of fun, and definitely something to look forward to this year. And even better, you’ll be raising money for the most vulnerable young people in the City and Shire at the same time.”

Promising to be a night to remember, the New Tartan Ball is set to offer welcome drinks, followed by a delicious three-course dinner, engaging entertainment and the chance to win some amazing prizes in an auction and tombola. Further details, including an innovative theme, will be announced later this year.

The Barnardo’s Scotland National Advisory Board advises on all areas of work across the charity, of which Stuart Payne, Director of Supply Chain, Decommissioning and HR at the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is a member.

Mr Payne commented: “As we are experiencing the gradual opening up of venues, and the possibility of events becoming a reality once again, we are very optimistic that this year’s Ball will be able to go ahead and are excited to offer a fantastic evening to people with of course the upmost attention to attendee’s safety and welfare.

“The care and support provided by Barnardo’s Scotland to the most vulnerable young people in our community has never been more important – and we have the opportunity now to have a great night out and to provide real support, which will make a real difference to real children across the North East.”


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