Befriend a Child relies on the support of the local community in order to continue providing services to vulnerable youngsters in Aberdeen. Donations from individuals, school groups, community groups, companies and charitable trusts are essential to ensure that Befriend a Child can be there for those children who need your help. Whether you're setting yourself a personal challenge or fundraising with a group, we're always on had to discuss your fundraising ideas and provide any additional support. Great ideas for fundraising with your family, friends, workplace or social group.

Do your own thing!
From bake sales and coffee mornings to golf competitions and quiz nights, you can Fundraise your own way! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Contact Us!
    If you get in touch, we’ll be delighted to support you by assisting with ideas for fundraising activities and providing you with promotional materials and t-shirts.

    • Bake sales
    • Public Collections
    • Pub Quiz
    • Music Concert
    • Burns Supper
    • Download our A-Z Fundraising for more ideas!

    Request a fundraising pack today!

  2. Tell the World!
    Write to your local paper or contact us to help you arrange this. Set up your own personal online fundraising page at, which you can then email out to all your contacts. You may be surprised at how generous people can be in terms of both donating and volunteering their time and assistance to support you.

  3. Have fun and enjoy your fundraising! After you have held your event and collected all donations, you can pay it in (ideally within 1-2 months of your event) by cheque in person.

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Get Fit with Befriend a Child - take part in a sponsored event!

Whether running or cycling, swimming or climbing, why not challenge yourself or try something new?

We support all athletes doing any type of sponsored event from running your first 5K, taking on Ben Nevis or even participating in the Kilt Walk! There are hundreds of events you can take part in for Befriend a Child whether you would like a charity place or already have your own place, we would love to have you on the Get Fit team!

Just some of the local events:

  • D33
  • Run Garioch 
  • Run Balmoral 
  • Baker Hughes 
  • Aberdeen Kiltwalk 
  • Great Aberdeen Run 

Visit our events page to get full details on all these athletic events and more.

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Darren’s Story

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Darren is 8-years-old and was referred to Befriend a Child because his home life was very unstable.

His parents were in their forties when he was born. Four years later their marriage suddenly broke up and Dad went to live outwith Aberdeen with a new partner. 

Darren only saw his dad infrequently during school holidays and he struggled not having a father figure around. Mum found the situation difficult too and Darren’s behaviour drastically went downhill - so much so that she had to seek some professional help as she struggled to cope.

Then, Darren’s Dad died suddenly last year, leaving him feeling devastated and socially isolated. He was very confused and upset about the whole situation and this began to manifest itself in his increasingly challenging behaviour, both at home and at school.

Darren received counselling regarding his father’s death and also underwent an assessment to see if he had Autism. This was a very stressful time for him with so many professionals asking him questions and taking an interest in his life and he only had his mum to turn to as no other family members live in Aberdeen.

Darren was referred to Befriend a Child by his teacher and was matched with a volunteer befriender, James, in early 2013. Since the start of their befriending relationship there has been a marked improvement in his behaviour and he is far happier in himself than he was before.

James has been a reliable, caring, positive adult male presence in Darren’s life – something he has been missing for the past four years, and particularly since the death of his father.

They have spent time playing football in the park, at the golf driving range, visiting Codonas’ Fun Fair, going to Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen FC and Darren’s favourite, walking James’ dog in the forest.

Darren and James also attended Befriend a Child’s summer outing to a wildlife centre in Perthshire – the first time he had left Aberdeen since the death of his father.

Darren is far more settled now and is getting on much better with his mum and fitting in well at school. He knows that James is there for him to talk to if he ever feels things getting on top of him or is confused with how he is feeling.

Hannah’s Story

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Hannah is 6-years-old. She lives in a one-bedroom flat in a multi-storey block in Aberdeen with her mum who has been known to Social Work since 2009. 

Mum has a history of substance misuse and is currently receiving treatment for heroin addiction through a methadone programme. As a result of her issues, she often shakes and sweats and finds it difficult when taking Hannah out in public as she is very self-conscious and gets embarrassed about her appearance. 

Hannah has been subjected to inappropriate adult conversation throughout her young life and has been exposed to substance misuse since she was born as she has close relatives who are also substance misusers who regularly visit her mum.

As a result of what she has experienced, Hannah is a very quiet girl and can be very guarded as she is worried that she may betray her mum and close family by disclosing information they have asked her to conceal. 

Hannah was referred to Befriend A Child towards the end of 2012 and was matched with a female volunteer befriender, Jane, in January 2013. From the very first home visit they seemed to get on really well and on their first outing they went swimming which Hannah absolutely loved. 

Hannah and Jane also attended the Easter baking session at the Base Unit where they made and decorated lots of fairy cakes in pink icing and sprinkles as Hannah just loves everything pink. She was very excited about taking her cakes home to let her mum see what she had made.

It is still relatively early days for Hannah and Jane, but through Befriend A Child’s services, Hannah is now being given the same opportunities as her peers and is greatly enjoying the new activities - such as going to the cinema, playing in the park and building sand castles on the beach - she and Jane have experienced so far.

As a result of her befriending relationship with Jane, Hannah’s confidence has gradually improved, she has made more friends at school and she is beginning to enjoy life and just being a child again.

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