Aberdeenshire children’s charity Kayleigh’s Wee Stars (KWS) hosted its first ‘£1m’ at Thynston Centre, Inverurie, on Saturday, raising a total of £34,000 per night, marking the charity’s tenth year and marking A difference in collecting pounds sterling. million during that time.
KWS was created in 2012 by Jonathan and Anna Kordiner after they lost their two-year-old daughter, Kylie, to a terminal illness.
The charity provides financial support to families across Scotland, where a child has a terminal diagnosis.
The Huntly Pipe Band welcomed nearly 400 guests upon their arrival, ate a three-course meal and danced to the award-winning Splendid Gentlemen. The Silent Auction also contributed to Tonight’s total.
Jonathan Cordiner, co-founder of KWS and father of Kayleigh, said, “When Kayleigh was diagnosed in December 2011, Anna and I took our jobs as teachers, and did everything we could to make these last few months as special and memorable as possible.
“However, we realize that not every family is in a position to do this, so we set up the charity in Kayleigh’s memory, to help ease the financial pressure on other families like ours, at the most challenging time in their lives.
“While Kayleigh’s story is of course a sad one, we are fortunate to be able to focus on the positive encouragements and important work that continues in her name.
“We are heartened by the fact that Team KWS has helped so many families across Scotland during that time.
“In fact, it was such a privilege to have a number of families join us at the ball who have received support from the charity.
“They bravely spoke about their experiences, and how KWS eased the burden of financial anxiety when their child was very ill.
“We would like to thank all of our loyal supporters who have helped us do this over the past 10 years.
“From epic feats of cycling, endurance running and hiking, to fundraising events and individual donations, we never cease to be amazed and humbled by the generosity of spirit shown by our supporters and partners.”
Learn more about Kayleigh’s Wee Stars at: www.kayleighsweestars.co.uk.
Fiona Heinonen, CEO of KWS, said: “The Million Pound Ball was a huge success, and we would like to thank all the supporters who joined us tonight, as well as our sponsors and all our partners who volunteered their time and expertise.
In particular, I want to thank Louise Cruikshank, an old KWS friend who helped organize the ball.
“We are very proud of what we have all achieved together in Kayleigh’s memory – the funds raised provide vital financial support to families with a child with a terminal diagnosis, which is needed more than ever in the current economic climate.”
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