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31 January 2017 • Sarah Medcraf


A leading Moray charity, Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Moray (FOCC) is set to receive a funding boost after a group of Moray woman have set up an annual fundraising event in response to its call for support.

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Moray is run by local families set up to support children affected by the Chernobyl disaster by providing a “month of love and care” in Moray Speyside region each year. Laura McNeil, a personal stylist from Huntly took the initiative and working with Clare Cotton, the Chairwoman of FOCC Moray set up a steering group to launch an annual event for women, Opulence, with a dinner dance and pampering experience kindly hosted by The Craigellachie Hotel, a luxury venue in the heart of Speyside. The event is being held on the 18th March 2017 at The Craigellachie Hotel and includes a day of pampering with make-up artists, hair stylists, beauticians, a fashion stylist and gin tasting by Gordon Castle followed by an evening of cocktails, five-course tasting menu, charity auction and dance. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the charity.

Laura McNeil said:

“I’ve seen first hand the good work of the charity and wanted to help create an annual event that will support the charity to run for years to come, by bringing together the women of Moray for a day and night of fun, pampering and luxury hospitality at The Craigellachie. It’s a great chance to spoil yourself for a really great cause. We hope woman across the area will get involved to make it a success and urge people to visit to book their ticket.”

Clare Cotton, Chairwoman of FOCC Moray said:

“Our first group of 16 children from Belarus to Moray in September 2015 and have returned every year since. These children benefit from relief from the harmful effects of the radiation absorbed through their food, drink and the air around them as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Before our ‘month of love and care’ our children are often shy, low in confidence, unhealthy and in need of some tender, loving care. Thanks to community fundraising support and events like Opulence, we are confident that children can continue to return to the same hosts for up to 5 years, forming bonds with their Scottish families that create memories, friendships and love that will last a lifetime. I am really looking forward to the event and urge women across Moray Speyside to treat themselves for a very good cause.”

There are two types of tickets to purchase;

24 Hours of Opulence; 11am Saturday - 11am Sunday

A pampering experience in the run up to the evening event with make up artists, hair stylists, beauticians and a fashion stylist available to you, followed with an over night stay in one of the hotels premium rooms, finishing with breakfast the next day and a chauffeur service to and from the event.

There are only 20 room tickets available, book now to avoid disappointment.

£350 per ticket, there is a mother/daughter or best mate rate for sharing a double room of £500, saving £200.

An evening of Opulence; 18.30pm - 2am

Opulence cocktails on arrival crafted by the talented team at the Craigellachie, a five course taster menu with wine, designed with glamorous ladies in mind, a charity auction and prize draw, dancing into the night and a luxury gift bag full of loveliness. £100 a ticket until 14th Feb then £150 a ticket.

Why not buy your Valentine a ticket for the event as a wonderful surprise?

To buy a ticket or find out more information visit

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