22 August 2019

North-east based charity Charlie House, which supports babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions and their families, has secured a generous title sponsorship of £4,000 for their Big Build Ball from local engineering solutions experts Brimmond Group.

The annual Big Build Ball, currently in its fifth year, will take place on the 6th of December 2019 at P&J Live, The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) with tickets costing £100 per person. It is set to be an entertainment-filled evening, also including a drinks reception, three-course dinner and a chance to win fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.

Speaking of their support Tom Murdoch, Engineering director at Brimmond Group, says, "Supporting Charlie House Big Build Ball is a privilege for Brimmond Group and Rigrun Europe. The support Charlie House provides to families in the North-east is already tremendous but having their new building will enable them to offer so much more. Brimmond Group and Rigrun Europe have been supporting the charity all year and everyone here has got behind it to organise fundraising activities that have included Ride the North, an open garden event and beauty product sale in addition to the Hydraulic Power Unit which we have dedicated to the charity to raise donations for Charlie House from its rental."

Susan Crighton, Director of fundraising at Charlie House, adds, “We are delighted with the sponsorship received from Brimmond Group for our annual Big Build Ball. This generous sponsorship enables us to bring the ball to life, making it look and feel great for all of our special guests.”

Susan continues, “All profit made from the night will go towards Charlie House’s Big Build Appeal; a public fundraising campaign to raise £8million for our specialist support centre being built on the grounds of Woodend Hospital. The appeal has already reached a quarter of its target, but we still have some way to go. This major fundraising event in our calendar will contribute considerably to that.”

The Charlie House specialist support centre, which will be the first of its kind in the North-East of Scotland, will have 8-bedrooms, with additional family accommodation, set in 4 acres of ground. The state-of-the-art building will feature a sensory room, library, spa pool, craft room, teen den, soft play area, therapy room, star room, for end-of-life care & bereavement, outdoor play area and sensory gardens as well as adaptable meeting space and office space for the Charlie House team and medical staff.

In the North-east alone there are over 1,600 babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions. Since the charity began in 2011, Charlie House has been committed to supporting these babies, children, young people and their families.

Its current services include activity clubs, siblings’ clubs, support from the Charlie House Community Nurse, one-to-one emotional and practical support from the Children & Family Support Manager and an annual adventure trip to Kielder Forest Park, run by the Calvert Trust.

A small number of tables are still available for this year’s event, to find out more information or to purchase tickets for the Big Build Ball, please contact fundraise@charliehouse.org.uk or call 01224 313333.