Black ties bring in £2,800

Blacks' Black Tie Ball organisers Sophie Lowe, Emma Black and Katie Fairbairn at last month's fundraiser in Galashiels
Blacks' Black Tie Ball organisers Sophie Lowe, Emma Black and Katie Fairbairn at last month's fundraiser in Galashiels
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The first Galashiels Blacks’ Black Tie Ball to raise money to help children with cleft palates raised £2,800 last month.

The event, attended by 240 people and organised by Blacks hairdressers Emma Black, Katie Fairbairn and Sophie Lowe, was held in the Volunteer Hall with music by Edinburgh ceilidh band Kilter.

Emma said: “It was a brilliant success, really good. The music was fantastic and I want to thank everyone involved and everyone who donated prizes: we were amazed at people’s generosity. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and my friends and family went beyond the call of duty to make this possible for me.”

The money is going to the charity Smile Train which provides free cleft palate surgery for children in developing countries and trains doctors and medical professionals in more than 80 countries.