Organisations which took part in last year’s Celebrate Aberdeen Parade are being invited to bid for a £1,100 donation to support their work.

The funds come from the collecting buckets carried by volunteers during the parade. In the years since it started, thousands of pounds have been raised from the generosity of members of the public. One hundred percent of the donations have been used to support projects, run by parading organisations, which benefit the people of Aberdeen City and Shire.

Around 120 organisations and more than 4,000 people took part in the 2022 Celebrate Aberdeen Parade.

Participating organisations that would like to be considered are asked to apply by Friday, April 28 explaining why they would like to receive the money and highlighting any specific projects which the fund would support.

Before its return in 2022, the parade was last held in 2019 with Home-Start Aberdeen chosen as the recipient of the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade Collection Fund.

The charity, which provides support for vulnerable families with young children, used the donation to help them to continue to support struggling families who had been impacted by the pandemic and lockdown.

The previous recipient was Shopmobility Aberdeen, who used the donation towards the purchase two new wheelchairs.

“These donations, which go to a very worthy charity every year, are possible only thanks to the generosity of the members of the public who fill our collecting buckets during the parade down Union Street,” said Celebrate Aberdeen board member Hayley Barr. “It really is a case of every donation, large or small, making a difference because they all mount up to provide much welcome support for one of the parading organisations.

“With so many participants who do such outstanding work which benefits thousands of people across the North-east, it’s always very difficult to choose just one recipient. We know however that whoever is chosen will use the donation to make a real difference to people who need additional support at this time.”

For further information, or to apply, contact Morven Mackenzie by emailing morven@mackenzie-brown.com