Charity Night

Our 2017 charities were Tayside Mountain Rescue, Alzheimer Scotland and Giraffe.

Each charity recieved a donation of £2500. 

Tayside Mountain Rescue

Tayside Mountain Rescue Team has been providing an emergency service in the region for over 40 years.

The Team’s volunteers have a wide range of skills and training, including pre-hospital care, technical rescue, winter mountaineering and swift water rescue.

The Team deal with a wide variety of incidents from searches for vulnerable or distressed members of the community, to technical rescue, and those injured in remote areas such as climbers, winter mountaineers and remote workers.

365 days, 24/7, our team members need to know how to search and locate lost people but stay safe at the same time.

The Team learns to cope with harsh winter weather, especially with avalanche threats and poor visibility trying to stop us from getting to the casualty. Summer months can be equally challenging. Training takes place once a month, supplemented with medical and trainee training evenings, and national courses – a massive commitment.

To do our job the Team needs to be properly clothed and equipped to cope with all the elements the weather can throw at us. This includes special rescue equipment and vehicles the Team need to function as an efficient emergency service. 

On average it costs around £50,000 per annum to run Tayside Mountain Rescue.

Stuart Johnson, Tayside Mountain Rescue Team Leader commented

“The majority of funds raised for our charity are donated by the good will and generosity from people who live in our operational area. We are humbled and appreciative of all donations which go to designated expenditure and operating costs. We are delighted to be chosen as one of the Enchanted Forest charities and thank everyone for the financial support given towards the life-saving work TMRT deliver. Our voluntary team members are the 4th busiest of 28 mountain rescue teams in Scotland”.

Visit TMR Website

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s leading dementia charity. We exist to ensure that nobody has to face dementia alone. There are over 90,000 people in Scotland living with a diagnosis of dementia and, by 2025, there is set to be a million people with the disease across the UK.

That’s why Alzheimer Scotland is working hard to increase awareness and support people with dementia, helping them to live independently in their own communities, close to the ones they love, for as long as possible.

We achieve this through a wide range of vital services across Scotland, including our 24-hour Freephone Helpline (0808 808 3000), Dementia Resource Centres, Dementia Research, Dementia Nurses and our network of specialist Dementia Advisors who deliver one-to-one personalised support to people with dementia and their families. Dementia Advisors also organise a range of community activities designed to improve confidence and wellbeing and keep people doing the things they love! These fun, interactive groups include Dementia Cafés, singing groups, allotment projects and sport reminiscence networks.

Alzheimer Scotland truly is a life line to thousands of families across the country. We work tirelessly to make a difference for anyone affected by dementia in Scotland.

In order to run, grow and develop our varied portfolio of support services, we absolutely rely on fundraised income, not only to fund our vital work but also to help us get people talking about dementia.

Support from The Enchanted Forest will allow us to empower people with dementia to live as well as possible, and help us achieve our goal of making sure nobody in Scotland faces dementia alone.

Fiona Lewis, Corporate Fundraiser at Alzheimer Scotland said:

“Alzheimer Scotland is very excited to be supported by the award-winning Enchanted Forest. We are sure guests will enjoy being dazzled by the woodland wonderland whilst raising funds for our vital support services.”

Visit Alzheimer Scotland Website


Giraffe was established eleven years ago and operates on behalf of people across Perth & Kinross and more widely in Tayside. Our work supports the most socially and economically alienated local people make an often-fragile journey towards being included within our local community.

Our aim is to help people with severe and complex barriers, such as learning disabilities, autism and mental ill health, to make the transition into meaningful work. We achieve this by providing relevant supported work experience, vocational skills and personal development. Crucially, we focus on often-overlooked aspects, such as confidence building, which enable our clients to move their careers & lives forward and being an active and included part in our local communities.

Here we don’t have our jobseekers waiting in a training centre or kept away from working. Instead, they are placed into supported work experiences in our busy and popular social enterprises from day one. CheckIn Works supports training and activity in horticulture and alongside is the wholly owned subsidiary, Giraffe Trading, which offers around 30 work placements a week in hospitality and catering through its two cafes and busy kitchen. The kitchen has grown to produce outside catering, a number of successful lunch clubs for the elderly and a community meal service.

We are offering greater prospects for genuine vocational pathways, training and work experience for those with disabilities, mental ill health and autism in the area.

Gareth Ruddock, Chief Executive Officer, said

“We are ecstatic to have been chosen as a charity partner for the Enchanted Forest. Primarily, the funding will be used towards supporting our fantastic client group but additionally, being associated with and working with such an excellent organisation as the Enchanted Forest, will inevitably raise the profile of our organisation and the work we do, as well as helping in raising awareness of the benefits of employing our clients”

Interested in Being our 2018 Charity?

If you would like to apply to be one of our selected charities in 2018, please send us your details here and we will be in touch when we are planning our 2018 show.