The Yard’s Big Fun Raiser, one of the biggest and best fundraising balls in Edinburgh’s charity calendar, is back and being hosted by Forth One’s Arlene Stuart at a brand new venue, the beautiful Prestonfield House. The event takes place on Saturday 18 May with a fun-filled circus theme to match the fantastic new venue and playful charity cause.

Best known for co-presenting the weekday breakfast show Boogie in the Morning on Forth 1, Arlene will bring her characteristic warmth and charm to her hosting duties on the evening. The event includes a three course meal, entertainment, music, and the chance to outbid your fellow guests for fabulous prizes in the glittering auction.

Arlene visited The Yard Edinburgh on Wednesday (16 January) and said:

“It was great to see The Yard in action and meet some of the children who benefit from their services. I can’t wait to host the Big Fun Raiser and I know the kind people of Edinburgh will dig deep for this truly deserving cause. Expect lots of fun and games, as well as fundraising!”

Anna Robinson, Partnerships Manager at The Yard, said:

“The Big Fun Raiser is known as a charity ball with a bit of a difference. At our previous events, using The Yard’s unique style, we have raised over £150,000 to support disabled children and their families. We were delighted to have the opportunity to show Arlene around our flagship play centre, and we look forward to working together to make our fourth Big Fun Raiser the best yet. Tickets are on sale now and we are looking for more auction prizes.”

The event recently secured its first sponsor in CALA Homes, who have kindly agreed to support the Big Fun Raiser for the first time.

Philip Hogg, Sales and Marketing Director at CALA Homes (East), said:

“By getting behind The Yard’s Big Fund Raiser we are supporting a charity that touches the lives of so many families in the east of Scotland. At CALA, we are committed to supporting the areas in which we build and believe it is vitally important that we give back to these communities where and when we can. We're really looking forward to the big event in May and hope others will join us in helping to raise funds for such a deserving cause.”

Please get in touch if you would like to donate a prize or buy your tickets here.