A North-east charity has raised more than £13,000 to support visually and hearing impaired people, with the help of AFC footballing legends.
North East Sensory Services (NESS) held a fundraising event at Norwood Hall Hotel on Friday 19 June, which was attended by over 150 people commemorating 25 years since Aberdeen Football Club won the Scottish Cup.
Money raised on the day will go towards providing services for sensory impaired people in the North-east, including technology support, a young people’s service and an elderly people’s group.
Members of the 1990 squad including Theo Snelders, Neil Simpson, Paul Mason, Willem Van Der Ark, Brian Irvine, Graham Watson and Michael Watt, along with assistant coach Drew Jarvie attended the event, and took part in a question and answer session as well as reliving the winning moments with host, BBC sports presenter Richard Gordon.
During the event, the players were joined on stage by Aberdeen Football Club legend, ‘King’ Joey Harper.
The players signed footballs and programmes for the guests, made up of lifelong AFC fans, many of whom had been at the final in 1990 at Hampden Park.
Graham Findlay, chief executive for NESS said: “At NESS we rely upon support from the public and members of the business community. We are extremely grateful that so many people came out to support us last week, and of course delighted that the 1990 cup winning squad players took time out to help us raise money to support our activities.”
NESS, which has premises in Aberdeen, Elgin and Dundee provides information, equipment, social care and employment support for over 4500 in the North-east. The charity, which started in 1879, is the only organisation in Scotland to provide fully integrated support for both blind and deaf people under one roof.