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Momentum Skills Celebrates Aberdeen

Clients and staff from Momentum Skills in Aberdeen joined 3,500 people from around 130 charities for the Celebrate Aberdeen parade.

The annual event brings charities and community groups out in the city centre to celebrate the work of the third sector. 

Union Street in the city came to a standstill as people turned out to applaud the parade – which incorporated music, costumes, drums and banners representing all the different participating organisations.

To add to the kudos of the event, Aberdeen Football Club lent their European Cup Winners Cup to the parade while Neil Fachie MBE, London 2012 Paralympian Gold Medal Winner, lead the huge precession through the centre of Aberdeen.

Staff members Liz Howarth, Denise Hutton and Jane Bruce all attended along with clients who attend Momentum Skills’ Grampian Brain Injury Service at Migvie House centre in the city.

Denise Hutton said: “The event is a super opportunity for Momentum Skills’ clients to get together outside of our centre, and celebrate the work of Momentum and other third sector organisations in Aberdeen.” Jane Bruce added: “With around 350 charity organisations parading in the city, we really are a diverse bunch.” 

In addition to staff and clients, Aberdeen South MP Dame Anne Begg joined Momentum’s contingent, along with Hannah Bennett from Thompsons Solicitors - who sponsored Momentum Skills for the parade this year. 

Pascal Dumont, one of Momentums clients who took part in the parade, said: “I thought the Celebrate Aberdeen event was extraordinary!

“I was flabbergasted that so many people took part in the parade. It reassured me to see that there is such a sense of community in Aberdeen and there are so many people willing to help each other in this time of economic difficulty.”