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Glitzy Capital fundraiser to raise cash for diabetes research

Posted: 27th September 2016

Research to help people living with diabetes in the Capital will be given another boost this year when an annual fundraiser takes place this week.

The Hummingbird Ball in aid of Diabetes UK will mark 16 years of fundraising when it takes place on Friday, September 30 at The George Hotel, Edinburgh.

Organised by the charity’s local Edinburgh group, the ball has raised an amazing £340,000 towards diabetes research in Scotland, with money going towards research projects in Scotland.

Chair of the Diabetes Scotland Edinburgh Local Group, Craig Cameron, said: “The Hummingbird Ball is always a fantastic night that’s enjoyed by all, with funds being raised for an important cause. Diabetes is a major health issue, with 38,800 people living with the condition in Lothian.  Diabetes UK is leading the way in cutting edge research, including some ground-breaking projects across Scotland, which will have a positive impact on the lives of people affected by the condition.

“When we arranged the first Hummingbird Ball in 2001 we thought it would be a one off event.  No one could have imagined in those early days that we would reach 16 years and raise in excess of £340,000. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported this incredible achievement.

“Our regular supporters have once again responded magnificently but there are still a small number of tickets available for those keen to come to the event. We would be delighted for the support of local and national businesses to help us raise even more money by donating prizes for the raffle and auction.”

Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner with fabulous entertainment, charity auction and raffle. Encouraging guests to part with their cash will be Auctioneer for the evening Natasha Raskin of TVs Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

Pam Taylor, Diabetes UK National Fundraising Manager for Scotland, said:  “The success of the Hummingbird Ball over the past 16 years is truly amazing given that the event is organised entirely by volunteers and we’re delighted that it is planned to go-ahead this year. Over £340,000 raised through the event is testament to the volunteers’ commitment to funding Diabetes UK research in Scotland.  It’s a fantastic achievement and we’re truly grateful.”

Tickets for the event, priced at £60 each – or £600 for a table – can be purchased by contacting Diabetes Scotland office on 0141 245 6380 or scotlandfundraising@diabetes.org.uk. Tombola, raffle and auction prizes can also be donated in this way.

Diabetes UK is the leading charitable funder of diabetes research which increases understanding of the causes of diabetes, brings about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment, prevention and, one day, a cure.

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