Published: 03/12/2017 13:00 - Updated: 30/11/2017 13:04

Guests have a ball at fundraiser for mental health charity

Written byNicole Webber


A party from the 3 Scots regiment, based at Fort George, were among the guests.

GUESTS at a mental health charity event in Inverness managed to raise more than £10,000 to help with the future of the service.

The Mikeysline Ball took place at the Drumossie Hotel and attracted 180 guests.

Two raffles, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as generous donations and ticket sales helped to raise the funds.

Ron Williamson, founder of Mikeysline, spoke to the audience about the importance of the charity and their ambition to save lives.

"We had at least one volunteer on each of about 10 tables," he said. "The ball was about enjoyment but also about networking and getting the word out."

He was pleased to see a number of large and well-known companies had chosen to take tables at the event and support the work of Mikeysline.

"A woman in her 50s said that the most memorable thing to her was the number of young people at the ball," he added.

"She found it really inspiring that so many young people had come along to support the charity and believed that it showed how it had really hit home.

"It was a really good evening and everyone enjoyed themselves."

There was also entertainment from Stagecoach Theatre Art’s children’s choir, Highland dancers, Spud the Piper and the band Ezra.

Brave fundraisers, Summer Macphee and Rebecca Geddes, also took the opportunity to hand over a cheque to Mikeysline for £1260.

The duo raised the funds by taking part in a sponsored skydive in honour of Miss Macphee’s mother who died two years ago.

Mr Williamson thanked them and everyone else who came along and donated prizes to the raffle.

Mikeysline will be opening a new service centre at 19 Academy Street, Inverness, on Monday.

The Hive sanctuary will offer a café, consultation and advice service for anyone over the age of 17 who feels they need help.

It will be open 6pm-10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and between noon and 10pm at weekends – to anyone over 17.

The charity is also holding a Christmas craft fair from 10am-2pm on December 16 at the Spectrum Centre in Inverness.

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