For the first time in 43 years Deeside’s annual Banchory Bangle fundraiser, for Children 1st, will go online to ensure the charity can continue to keep children safe and families strong through the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Banchory Bangle, which is designed by prominent Perthshire artist and engraver, Dr Malcolm Appleby, MBE and raffled annually by the Children 1st Deeside Committee has raised over £160,000 funds for the children’s charity, since it began in 1977.

In previous years raffle tickets for the Bangle have been sold through local Deeside shops, but with coronavirus measures leading to closures of many stores for the time being, the Children 1st Deeside Committee have decided to sell tickets online and by email.

Dr Malcolm Appleby and the Deeside Children 1st Committee hope that by taking raffle sales online they can raise even more funds to keep children safe. It costs £1 to enter and tickets can be bought through Givergy. Alternatively you can purchase tickets by emailing Mhairi Morriss at mhairi@jommevents.com

Dr Malcolm Appleby said: “Coronavirus is causing great stress for families, and those who were already struggling are suffering most, so this year it is more important than ever to do all we can to support Children 1st’s essential work to keep children safe. I’m passionate about ensuring that children get the right support and am delighted to be designing the Banchory Bangle for the 43rd year in a row.

“Every bangle is inspired by the natural world around us. This year’s design is based on the antlers of the majestic red deer and the mystical rowan tree, which is associated with our homes. By entering the raffle you can get a chance to wrap nature around your wrist and more importantly to help children and families to cope through coronavirus.”

 

Every bangle is inspired by the natural world around us. This year’s design is based on the antlers of the majestic red deer and the mystical rowan tree, which is associated with our homes. By entering the raffle you can get a chance to wrap nature around your wrist and more importantly to help children and families to cope through coronavirus.

Dr Malcolm Appleby, Artist and Engraver

Nicky Bradford, from the Children 1st Deeside Committee said: “This is an amazing opportunity to win an iconic piece of jewellery and support Scotland’s children and families. We are really excited to be launching this raffle online for the first time and can’t wait to see those first sales coming in.”

Susan Bradley, Children 1st Head of Public Fundraising said: “We are absolutely delighted with the support Malcolm is once again showing to Children 1st. The bangle is an incredible piece of artwork with has been lovingly crafted. The decision to make the bangle tickets available online is fantastic. Not only can people purchase tickets safely during this very difficult time, but anyone, no matter where they are can purchase one.”

First prize in the raffle is the original 2020 Banchory Bangle in silver and 18ct gold made by Malcolm Appleby, second prize is a copy of the bangle in silver and third prize a copy of the bangle in bronze. The raffle will be drawn on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 3.00pm, The Banchory Lodge Hotel, Dee Street, Banchory, AB31 5HS.