Good night Vienna as Touch of Tartan Ball Raises 140000 for Children 1st

Live Aid megastar Midge Ure wowed the crowd at this year’s Touch of Tartan Ball – which raised £140,000 for Children 1st.  Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom was dressed up like ‘Vienna’, complete with golden violins. Guests at the sell-out event were treated to a sumptuous dinner and there was plenty to keep them entertained.

Alisontoddmidgeureladystephen2015touchoftartanAs well as music from Midge the auction offered up some fantastic prizes, among them a week-long Mediterranean cruise on a private yacht and an exclusive composition from Royal wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor. The famous Banchory Bangle, designed and made by Dr Malcolm Appleby, was also raffled.

All the money raised will go to Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity. The charity helps families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens it supports the survivors of abuse, neglect and other traumatic events in childhood to recover.

Alison Todd, Chief Executive, said: “The committee pulled off something really special this year and I can’t thank them enough for the time and effort they’ve put in.

“I hope those who attended had a great night, their generosity is much appreciated. We work really hard, and are very successful, at helping children and their families move on from difficult situations. Everyone who supported the ball should know that they are part of that success.”

Touch of Tartan Ball Committee chair, Lady Stephen, said: “We had great entertainment, fantastic support from our sponsors, but most importantly an audience who really pulled out the stops to help children and young people right here in the North East. That’s really what it’s all about and I’m proud of the team for putting together a great event that will make a tremendous difference to children.” 

This year the ball enjoyed generous sponsorship from Aberdeen Asset Management, BP, Dales Engineering Services, Spar, WOOD group, Norsk Alloys, Douglas Hotel, A2B First Oil, Nyetimber and Notemachine.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are always at a premium and the ball is sold out year-on-year. To become a sponsor or to book your place for next year’s ball, please phone the Aberdeen office of Children 1st on 01224 251152 or email

* Photo: Midge Ure with Children 1st Chief Executive Alison Todd (L) and Lady Stephen (R)