Pic caption - Press Ball chairman John Ross with, left to right, Sheryl Innes, Highland Heart Failure Service; Beth Anderson, deputy centre manager, The Oxygen Works; Megan Robertson, Community Fundraiser, Alzheimer Scotland; Emma Moore, Community Fundraiser, CHAS
An annual media event has marked its 30th anniversary by reaching the £100,000 mark in charity donations.
This year the Highlands and Islands Press Ball staged its pearl anniversary, the 30th consecutive year it has been held since being revived in the 1980s.
The prestigious occasion, which incorporates the Highlands and Islands Media Awards, attracts 250 media representatives, politicians and heads of public and private organisations from Shetland to Argyll and from Moray to the Outer Hebrides.
It is the only event of its kind that brings together industry colleagues from across a huge and dispersed region.
This year it raised £5,000 for charity, with four organisations benefiting - Alzheimer Scotland, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), Highland Heart Failure Service and The Oxygen Works, created by the MS Therapy Centre.
It brought the total raised by the event to date to £100,000 with all the money staying in the Highlands and Islands. Fundraising is done on the night, meaning the total has been raised in the equivalent of two-and-a-half days.
The ball and media awards have been organised for the last seven years by Inverness-based communications company System2.
Principal sponsor of the evening was Diageo, with additional support from System2, Chivas Brothers, HighNet, the National Union of Journalists, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
John Ross, chairman of the Highlands and Islands Press Ball, who revived the event 30 years ago, said: “We are delighted and proud to have reached the £100,000 milestone in such a significant year for the ball.
“The fact we have raised such a tremendous amount for good causes in the Highlands and Islands is a tribute to the support and generosity of our guests and sponsors.”
COURIER WIN HELPS HAVEN APPEAL
An ambitious appeal to create a purpose-built centre for children and young people with multiple and complex needs has received a £500 boost from the Inverness Courier’s award-winning editorial team.
The paper selected the Haven Appeal as the charity to benefit from the prize money after being named Newspaper of the Year at the annual Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards.
It has also chosen to support the £4 million appeal, launched by the Elsie Normington Foundation, to mark the Courier’s 200th anniversary.
The aim is to develop the Haven Centre on a site at Smithton, providing facilities for people up to the age of 30. As well as respite care, it will include a community café, play centres, garden, meeting rooms and offices.
Andrew Grzesinski, chairman of the Haven Appeal committee, and Elsie Normington called in at the paper’s New Century House base to receive the cheque from David Bourn, editorial director of SPP.
MS CENTRE HELPED BY JOURNALIST OF YEAR DONATION
The Orkney MS Therapy Centre has scooped a £300 cash boost thanks to Highlands and Islands Journalist of the Year Craig Taylor.
Craig, a senior reporter with the Orcadian, picked up his award, sponsored by Diageo, at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards on 2 February.
The prize includes £500, of which £300 is gifted to a charity of the winner’s choice. Craig gave his donation to the centre in Kirkwall, which last year conducted 650 sessions of physiotherapy, 207 sessions in the hyperbaric chamber and 341 massages for people living with MS.
Craig also won the Reporter of the Year title and was shortlisted for Sports Reporter of the Year.
He is pictured (standing, centre) with (from left), centre vice-chairman Bill Miller, Colin Laughton, Davie Johnstone and Jean Reid.
Welcome to HIPBMA 2018
The Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards brings together colleagues from Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Inverness, Nairn, Moray, Strathspey, Lochaber, Argyll and Skye, as well as from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond