ASCO Awards £6,500 to Shirley’s Space

Aberdeen-based materials firm ASCO has urged other companies to donate early to their chosen charities in their time of need.

Every year, the company and its staff raise funds for good causes through activities such as golf outings, quiz nights, raffles and an annual ball.

With the pandemic putting greater than ever pressure on charities, their services and resources, it has decided to hand-over all the money currently in the ASCO Lifestyle Aberdeen fund early.

The Peterhead-based charity, Shirley’s Space, was awarded £6,500 to help support changes to the its operation as online messaging and phone calls replace visits to its base at Crimond Medical and Community Hub.

A further £6,000 has been donated to Mental Health Aberdeen, to help the organisation continue with its counselling and information helpline.

ASCO Lifestyle Aberdeen member, Janice Murray, said: “The fund was created to give assistance and support to local charities, employees and the wider community.

“It is hard to imagine circumstances when that support might be needed more than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Donations are traditionally made on an annual basis, but the ASCO Lifestyle committee has made the decision to donate all available funds to our chosen charities, in order to help continuity of their vital services.

“Of course, we appreciate that ASCO is not alone in its on-going charitable activity, but we are urging companies who read this to consider early donations to their chosen charities.

“It’s going to make a big difference to those you support.”

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Ribbon Ball Raises £17,000 For Shirley’s Space

With heartfelt thanks we are overwhelmed to announce that the Ribbon Ball was able to raise £17,000 for our charity.

This is an exceptional effort and we are so grateful to each and everyone of you involved, in allowing this phenomenal amount to be raised which will enable us to continue to support our community by providing them with internal and external services within a safe and homely environment at our Crimond Hub.

Thank you to the organisers, guests and volunteers that made this all possible.


Press and Journal: Mental health drop-in centre formed in honour of tragic mum ‘is saving lives’, organisers say

Shirley’s Space opened last summer in Crimond as a place for people to go and talk to volunteers about their problems.

It was created by the family of 37-year-old Peterhead nursery teacher, Shirley McCombie, who took her own life in 2018 after struggling with depression.

The service, which operates from Crimond Medical Centre, had helped 336 people by the end of last year.

The charity recently staged one of its largest events to date, with a fundraising Burns Supper at the Ban Car Hotel near Fraserburgh.

Yesterday, organisers revealed that it raised more than £4,000 – which will be ploughed into staging extra activities and ensuring its future.

Trustee Ashley Mackie revealed that many people who had visited the base told them that its support had “saved their lives”.

She added: “The space in Crimond is like a sanctuary, with a very relaxed atmosphere.

“This was set up after something really sad happened, but through this we have been able to save lives.

“The Burns Night was one of our biggest events to date, and we are hoping to raise more with the charity taking part in the Kilt Walk this year.”

Shirley’s Space was opened on the anniversary of the death of the mother-of-two, and offers a range of services throughout the week.

Evening Express – North-east charity celebrates Burns Supper success

A Burns supper has raised more than £4,000 for charity.

The event was hosted by Shirley’s Space, which works to provide support to vulnerable individuals suffering from mental health issues.

It took place at the Ban Car Hotel in Fraserburgh, raising a total of £4,059.87 for the cause.

Ashleigh Ritchie, from Shirley’s Space, said: “A Burns Supper is first and foremost about enjoying oneself while remembering Robert Burns, who so many people identify with.

“The Shirley’s Space team and supporters certainly did that all whilst raising vital funds for us to continue helping the local community.