A Tribute to Allan Doig, Children 1st Board Member

Allan Doig was a man who put Scotland’s children first. For twenty-eight years he was a leading figure in the planning and delivery of the Touch of Tartan Ball, one of Scotland’s largest and most successful fundraising events, held annually in Aberdeen and raising over £1.7million for Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity.

This charity helps provide vital support for children recovering from the impact of abuse and neglect. Over the past two years Allan had been a member of the Children 1st Board, advising senior management on development plans and playing a key role in governance. So, it was with much sadness that Children 1st learned of his death at the end of last week following a short illness.

Alison Todd, CEO of Children 1st said: "Allan was a remarkable man. He was deeply moved to help make a difference for Scotland’s most vulnerable children and was extremely generous with his time and his counsel as he carried out his roles as a member of the Touch of Tartan Ball Committee and the Children 1st Board. He will be missed tremendously by myself, his colleagues and our supporters and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Juliette Paton, Patron of the Touch of Tartan Ball said: "Allan championed the needs of Scotland’s most vulnerable children. Through his vision, creativity, hard work and attention to detail he helped ensure that the aims of the charity were met.

"He was very much part of the Touch of Tartan Ball, always a memorable fundraising evening and a must-go-to event each November. He constantly pushed for the committee to be innovative and to ensure guests were delighted by the experience that awaited them. All on the Touch of Tartan Ball Committee shall miss him dearly.

"He did so much for the charity itself, but for the Ball he was our rock. We depended on his wisdom. As well as everything else, he did all the background work which meant that the Ball ran smoothly and was such a success. Our hearts go out to Allan’s family and friends."

On behalf of the children and families Allan helped us support and champion we remember him with great respect and he will be greatly missed.