Media Release: Charity welcomes street drummers to fundraising ball

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AN Aberdeen-based charity is calling on the public and local businesses to support its forthcoming carnival themed fundraising ball.

North East Sensory Services (NESS), which provides vital sensory services for blind and deaf people in the North-east is hosting its fifth annual ball, at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa on Saturday 5 March 2016 to raise vital funds to support the work of the charity in the North-east.

The Guarana Street Drummers will be performing their feet stomping sounds at the RIO carnival themed event, with accompanying whistles and horns. The Aberdeen-based band, which was founded in 2003, is a popular and regular performer at events across the UK, with its unique sound.

In 2015, the NESS ball was a phenomenal success, raising more than £20,000.

This year’s black-tie event, sponsored by Stronachs, will include music and dancing with popular party band Slinky, as well as the heart-thumping carnival music with the Guarana Street Drummers band and a live auction. Furthermore, a sumptuous three-course dinner will be served by the Marcliffe’s renowned chefs.

NESS is the leading provider of sensory services for visually and hearing impaired, blind and deaf people in Scotland. With 50 staff and over 100 volunteers, it supports over 4,800 people to overcome the practical and emotional effects of serious sight and/or hearing loss.

The charity, which was formerly known as the Grampian Society for the Blind, provides social work, assistive technology, employment advice and a variety of support groups for people of all ages from babies to the elderly.

Neil Skene, fundraising co-ordinator at NESS, said: “We are excited by the carnival theme this year – the drummers and band are sure to create a fabulous party atmosphere.

“We rely largely on the generosity of the general public and local businesses and we are incredibly grateful to those who take tables at the ball and contribute so much on the night itself. We hope that this event goes from strength to strength and that it continues to be a highlight in the local social calendar.”

A limited number of tables are still available priced at £1,000 for a table of ten.

The charity relies largely on the support of the public and local businesses, and sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals, who wish to support NESS.

NESS is also looking for prize donations to help with fundraising on the night.

For more information on the event or to donate a prize or book a table please contact Pauline Cook or Yvette Rayner on 01224 857999 or email

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