Hundreds of party-goers took part in Aberdeen’s first Virtual May Day which raised more than £5,500 for local charities.
A number of north-east businesses teamed together to throw the city’s ultimate stay-in May Day house party, aiming to raise funds for Mental Health Aberdeen and NHS Grampian’s endowment fund.
Keen to lift the spirits of the Granite City and surrounding areas, Aberdeen bars and DJs streamed 12 hours of live music via YouTube from noon yesterday.
The online stream racked up around 18,000 views throughout the day and in total, so far, £5,635 was raised for both charities.
PB Devco’s operations director Paul Clarkson was the driving force behind the event. Paul said he was thrilled the day was a smashing success.
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He said: “I really wanted to get past our fundraising goal and it was so close for a while… and then we smashed it.
“It was a huge buzz for everyone that contributed.”
The total amount raised will be split evenly between Mental Health Aberdeen and NHS Grampian’s endowment fund, which provides comfort boxes for patients and funds local research into coronavirus.
Paul said: “The donation page will remain live for a few more days to see if we can get the total up a bit.”
Talented local singer-songwriter Myke Black kicked off the online event at noon and successful Aberdeen DJs including Siberia’s DJ HomeAlone, Soul’s DJ Barry Clarkson and DJ Liam Gall, DJ Mike Kilbride for Revolucion de Cuba, Paramount’s DJ Bobby Cooper, Revolution’s DJ Se7en and DJ Evan Duthie, and duo TrashDisco also performed on the day.
Paul added he was thrilled that around 1,000 people tuned in to stream the live performances.
He said: “If you take into consideration there would probably be two people or so per viewing, it was an amazing achievement.
“I would like to give a big shout out to all the people who contributed and got the day arranged.
“It was so rewarding to see local businesses and like-minded people coming together to make something special.”
Sheena Lonchay, operational manager for NHS Grampian charities, said: “We are so grateful for such a fantastic donation.
“The endowment fund, working with our volunteers from the Sheddocksley Baptist Church, are continuing to provide comfort boxes to NHS colleagues both in our hospitals and in the community.
“We will start our deliveries to care home staff throughout Grampian later this week.
“We are keen that the work of carers is recognised and hope that the boxes will be a nice surprise for them.”
Astrid Whyte, Mental Health Aberdeen’s chief executive, said she was “blown away” when she saw how much was raised.
She said: “It was so kind of the organisers to think of our small charity.
“I’m sure the event brought a lot of joy to a lot of people in Aberdeen.
“I think it’s really amazing that local businesses got together and created something special on a day when people could not go out properly.
“I would like to encourage anyone to phone Mental Health Aberdeen if they are feeling low because talking to somebody can be really helpful.”
To help locals celebrate the big day, Aberdeen Taxis delivered delicious dishes from eateries Melt and Muchacho, as well as drinks from Aberdeen-based Rutabaga.
Fashion stores Tiger Lily Boutique and Signature Menswear, as well as beauty salons Linton & Mac and Vanity Studio also took part in the event with a number of tutorials in the lead up to Sunday.
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