The 2020 Highlands and Islands Press Ball raised £3,200 from
various fundraising activities. This money has been distributed
to our nominated charities for that year. Four new charities have been nominated for 2022.
Alzheimer logo.png

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland exists to ensure that nobody faces dementia alone. We offer a wide range of vital support services, practical information and emotional care to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

In Scotland there are over 93,000 people living with dementia and this figure is rising. Around 3,200 people diagnosed with dementia in Scotland are under the age of 65. With an ageing population this figure is set to double in a generation.

With fundraised income we are able to offer support through our 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline, Dementia Resource Centres, Dementia Advisors, community Activity Organisers and Volunteer Coordinators making sure that nobody faces dementia alone.

Macmillan logo.png

Cancer Support

At Macmillan Cancer Support, we give people with cancer everything we’ve got. We will move mountains to help you live life as fully as you can.

During 2020 Macmillan gave just over £67,000 in hardship grants to people with cancer in the Highlands & Islands, meaning over 208 people in the area were able to pay for home comforts and essentials, such as heating their homes, travel to hospital appointments, bedding and clothing.

The Macmillan Person Centred Care Project in partnership with NHS Highland employs cancer support workers throughout the Highlands to enhance support for all people affected by cancer from diagnosis onwards.

We are in the process of building an Infusion Suite for people undergoing systemic anti-cancer therapy in the new Isle of Skye hospital. We want to be there for everyone, from the moment they are told they have cancer through to treatment and beyond – but we can't do it alone.  

Action for children logo.jpg

Action for Children
Gael Og Services

The Gael Og service loosely translated means “Young Highlander”

Action for Children works to make sure children have the best start in life, safe and loving homes, and healthy, happy minds.

We believe that every child and young person in the country has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they

need to thrive.

We protect and support children and young people by providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives.

At present we deliver seven services supporting vulnerable children, young people, adults and families throughout the Highland mainland area:

An early years volunteer mentoring service for children aged 8-14ys.

A youth service supporting young people aged 11-18yrs.

Two adult services for males and females.

A Family Drop In Centre.

A Sustainable Communities Service in


An Education service based in Sutherland.


Journalists' Charity

A lifeline for Scottish journalists for more than 150 years, the Journalists’ Charity has helped countless individuals and their families with essential help and crisis support, often when there is nowhere else to turn.

The charity offers free advice and guidance to all ages and backgrounds, with financial assistance packages available for journalists who are really struggling. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the charity has supported hundreds of journalists who have been left without an income.

In early 2021 the charity launched a unique new initiative to support young journalists starting out in the industry. The first jobs fund offers financial assistance to help with accommodation, relocation, travel and other essential work-related costs.