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Aberdeen Mother and Daughter Raise £65,000 for Charity

Twenty-eight-year old Rhian Johns and her mother Iris held the grand Top Hats and Tiaras Ball on 14 September to raise funds for Momentum – the charity which helped Rhian rebuild her life after sustaining a serious brain injury.

This is the third ball organised by the Aberdeen mother and daughter  team and added a further £15,000 to funds the pair have already raised which now brings the total to an incredible £65,000.

Rhian attended Momentum’s brain injury programme Pathways in Aberdeen as part of her rehabilitation after suffering a life-threatening brain haemorrhage when she was just 20 years old.

Rhian was in a coma for five weeks and spent a total of four and a half months in hospital.

She was discharged in August 2006 when she began intensive therapy for six months during which she had to learn how to walk, read and write again.

In April 2007, Rhian joined Momentum’s Pathways programme, which she attended for 18 months and during which she received help to manage the long-term effects of her brain injury and pursue her ambition of going to university.

Rhian has now graduated from Robert Gordon University with a BA in Fashion Management.

The Top Hats and Tiaras Ball was hosted by STV reporter Rebecca Curran at the Treetops Hilton Hotel in Aberdeen.

Former Highland League player Ian Thain also helped boost the fundraising total as the evening’s auctioneer. Auction prizes included a signed Aberdeen FC shirt donated by the club’s goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

Rhian Johns, said: "Momentum helped me to get my life back on track.  They helped me to realise and understand exactly what happened to me and how to cope with it.  I also really appreciated meeting other people who had suffered brain injuries and it is a big comfort knowing that there are other people who understand what it's like to have their life turned upside down.  I wouldn't be where I am today without Momentum's help and support. 

“I was delighted to be able to hold our third Top Hats & Tiaras Ball. It was a fantastic night and everyone seemed to be having a great time. It was fabulous to see so many guys with their top hats and canes and the ladies with their tiaras.  The auction was exciting and kept us on the edge of our seats. I am so grateful to all those who took part and generously parted with their cash!"

Susan Norman, Fundraising Manager for Momentum, said: “We can’t thank Rhian and Iris enough for organising the Top Hats and Tiaras Ball and raising this incredible sum for Momentum which will make a real difference to the people we support.

"It is no small feat to organise an event like this but Rhian is a determined and dedicated young woman. The ball is just one of her many achievements and shows what she is capable of.”