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Four charities are to benefit from the 33rd annual edition of the Highlands and Islands Press Ball, the only event that brings together industry colleagues from across a huge and dispersed region.

More than 230 media representatives, politicians and heads of public and private organisations attended the event on February 4 at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.

The ball, and associated Highlands and Islands Media Awards, attracted journalists from Shetland to Argyll and from Moray to the Outer Hebrides serving print, broadcast and online media.

Principal sponsor of the evening was Diageo, with additional support from Statkraft, Chivas Brothers, the National Union of Journalists, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Hub North Scotland, the Kane Partnership, Highland Tourism and Bord an Gàidhlig.

The event raised more than £4,500 which will benefit four local charities - Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer Scotland, Action for Children and the Journalists' Charity.

The ball has now raised more than £115,000 for good causes, with all the money staying in the Highlands and Islands.

Ball chairman John Ross said: “News organisations across our region have been a vital source of information and community cohesion during the pandemic.

“We are delighted the Press Ball has been able to return and bring together colleagues from across the area while raising money for local causes.”


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