Media Release: Christmas cracker event raises £46,000 for CLAN

BUSINESSES across Aberdeen have raised more than £46,000 for a North-east cancer support charity after attending the organisation’s annual party event.

CLAN held its annual Christmas Cracker event on Friday, December 03, at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel in Aberdeen.

Funds on the night received a boost when Aberdeen businessman George Yule agreed to have his moustache of 35 years shaved off in the name of charity.

George, 58, of the city centre, stepped up on stage after people attending the event put their hands in their pockets to the tune of £550 – with one woman pledging £50 to carry out the shaving.

George said: “I was totally overwhelmed by the amount that people were willing to donate to see me lose my moustache – I couldn’t really say no! To be able to go that little extra distance to support such a worthwhile local cause is very important to me.

“My wife, who was there on the night, had mixed feelings about my new look to begin with but I think it’s growing on her!”

Susan Crighton, fundraising manager for CLAN, said: “This year’s Christmas Cracker was a great success, as it has been in previous years. The evening was a fun night of entertainment for all, and there was a great amount of support for CLAN shown by all who attended.

“George’s impromptu fundraising added an extra special moment to the night and certainly raised the roof!”

The Caribbean themed evening included a three course meal, a silent auction, an auction and entertainment from Atlantic Soul.

CLAN is an independent charity which offers support to anyone affected by cancer. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN is also developing services in the community and now has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Orkney and Shetland.

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