A SCOTTISH cancer charity is celebrating thanks to the support of the North-east’s largest conference venue.
The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre has pledged to raise £25,000 for CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen and North) during its 25th anniversary celebrations later this year.
The highlight of the celebrations will include a glitzy silver anniversary dinner on Saturday, September 25, which will see the North-east mark the venue’s contribution to the area. The evening will be headlined by last year’s X Factor runner-up, Olly Murs.
The pledge comes at an important time for CLAN as the charity has secured a long-term lease with Aberdeen City Council for the Park House site on Westburn Road, Aberdeen. The site will house the charity’s new cancer support centre.
Susan Crighton, CLAN’s fundraising manager, is delighted to have the support of yet another prominent North-east organisation.
Susan said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the people of the North-east, Orkney and Shetland over the past two years.
“The business community has also been a great source of support and to receive the backing of the AECC at this time is a huge boost to CLAN. The monies raised by the organisation will certainly go a long way towards helping us to realise our vision of having a purpose built cancer support centre for our clients.”
Brian Horsburgh, AECC managing director said: “AECC is delighted to be celebrating 25 years in business. We have been lucky to receive support from the local community for 25 years and have chosen to ‘give something back’ by teaming up with CLAN to raise money for their new headquarters and haven. All profits from the night will go directly to CLAN.
“Over the years we have had a huge variety of acts play at the AECC and we have tried to reflect that in the different types of entertainment for our 25th anniversary.”
Says a spokesperson: “Olly Murs, who will be headlining the 25th anniversary celebrations, stole the show earlier this year during the X Factor tour with crowd pleasers such as ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘Superstition’. Renowned for his unique and infectious dancing style, Olly is sure to get the crowd grooving.
“Also taking part in the event is The Dangleberries – a band who add bagpipe influences to ‘rock’ music with a unique blend of vocals, drums, guitars and bagpipes. The Dangleberries formed in September 2001 and have gone from strength to strength, proving a huge hit with crowds at festivals such as the Wickerman, the Tartan Heart Festival and Loopallu.
“The band play their own rousing material, as well as some covers, such as Katy Perry – Hot N Cold, Paolo Nutini – New Shoes and Bob Marley meets Scouting for Girls in their unique version of ‘Nae Wumin / Nae Greet’.”
CLAN is an independent charity which offers support to anyone affected by cancer.
Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland.
For more information about CLAN please contact CLAN House on 01224 647000 or visit www.clanhouse.org.
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