Digby Brown Ayr raise £6,000 for Beautiful Inside & Out

Ayr Burns supper Fundraiser 2020 for mental health charity Beautiful Inside & Out

Our Ayr office held their Burns Supper and Ceilidh for the third year running at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

This fantastic evening raised an incredible £6,000 for local Ayrshire mental health charity, Beautiful Inside & Out (Scio). This charity was founded by Pauline Moriarty after the tragic suicide of her daughter Jenna and now helps young people in need of mental health counselling and support in the community.

The Ayr team paid tribute to Jenna by incorporating her favourite band and colour into the evening, so there were dark pink bowls of sweets Jenna liked and photos of One Direction, her favourite band. On top of this, Jenna’s little sister, 11-year-old Sophie, sang Caledonia for the 80 guests on the night.

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Sophie Moriarty performing Caledonia at Ayr Office Burns Supper fundraiser 2020

Guests then enjoyed a three course meal, followed by a traditional ceilidh, but they were able to get involved in a variety of fundraising activities throughout the evening, starting with a game of “Heads and Tails” with the winner receiving a bottle of prosecco.

There was also the chance to win a bottle of malt whisky and a bottle of Hendricks Gin.

The Ayr office also held a raffle before and during the evening to raise even more money for the charity. Prizes included VIP tickets to see Harry Styles at The Hydro, £250 gift voucher for Photo Studio, Crystal decanter bottle of cognac with two glasses and full kilt hire from MacGregor and MacDuff -to name a few.

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Ceilidh band performing at Ayr Office Burns Supper fundraiser 2020

Damian White, Partner and Head of the Ayr office said: “We are elated to be able to say that the Burns Supper raised a fantastic £6,000 for Beautiful Inside & Out.

“We know that the funds raised will be a great help to the charity and the services they provide to bereaved parents and siblings of suicide victims as well as people with mental health difficulties.

“I would like to personally say thank you to every single person who supported this event with a special thank you to our programme sponsors and those who donated prizes for the raffle."

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Burns Supper at Ayr Office fundraiser 2020 for Beautiful Inside & Out

Pauline Moriarty, Founder of Beautiful Inside & Out commented on the evening saying: "What a fantastic evening of fun, fabulous food, an amazing band and compassionate people.

“As the founder of the charity, Beautiful Inside & Out (Scio), I am touched by the kindness and dedication shown by all staff of Digby Brown’s Ayr office, who were involved in organising such a successful, enjoyable and poignant fundraiser.

“It was a perfect opportunity for me to explain the aims, background and services of Beautiful Inside & Out (Scio), to raise awareness of the work of the charity, with 11 year old Sophie singing ‘Caledonia’, in tribute to her 13 year old sister, who had ended her own precious life.

“So many people spoke to us about how moved they were by the cause and we have since put in place support for someone related to a guest at the Burns Supper.

“Over £6,000 was raised, which is phenomenal. £6,000 funds 150 sessions in counselling, music therapy, drama therapy, play therapy or art therapy. Thank you so much Digby Brown staff, guests and all those who donated raffle prizes, for your support, belief and for enabling us to improve and potentially save more lives.”