Two Scottish charities have been given a significant boost thanks to the generosity of the north east businesses that attended the inaugural Aberdeen Asset Management charity ball at the Marcliffe Hotel.

The black tie event – the first of its kind to be organised by Aberdeen Asset Management – raised an impressive £30,000 for the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust and CLAN Cancer Support.

The Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust was founded in memory of an Aberdeen Asset Management employee, Kirsten Scott, who died following a short battle with cancer in October 2011, just after her 25th birthday. The trust provides grants to assist young people, aged 26 and under, in achieving their ambitions, enhancing their personal development, and making a positive contribution both at home and abroad.

Alistair Scott, Kirsten Scott’s father, says, “The Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust is extremely grateful for the support offered by Aberdeen Asset Management over the past few years. The charity ball was a fantastic event, and it was heart-warming to see so many businesses from around the north east of Scotland digging deep so that we can help young people achieve their dreams.”

CLAN Cancer Support offers a range of free support services to anyone of any age affected by cancer, including counselling, complementary therapies, and social and group activities. The charity is headquartered in Aberdeen with bases across North East Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Debbie Thomson, Chief Executive of CLAN Cancer Support, says, “We are delighted that the inaugural Aberdeen Asset Management charity ball was such a success, and even more so that CLAN was chosen as one of the beneficiaries. The money that has been raised will be used to support the provision of our free services to all those in our community who are living with a diagnosis of cancer.”

Hugh Little, Head of Acquisitions at Aberdeen Asset Management, adds, “The inaugural Aberdeen Asset Management charity ball in March was a huge success, and we are incredibly proud to be involved in an event that is able to offer such a large sum to both the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust and CLAN Cancer Support. Both charities provide excellent services to people across Scotland, and are extremely worthy causes.

“Aberdeen Asset Management has always strived to offer support to charities on a local, national and international scale, and does so through the Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation. Alongside our recent charity ball, which will become a biennial event, we have also recently donated £25,000 to cancer research charity Gastrocan and will support The ARCHIE Foundation through our sponsorship of and work with the Scottish Open Golf Championship.”

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