The Charity

The charitable origins of The Royal Caledonian Charities Trust date back to 1849, when the 6th Duke of Atholl hosted a all to raise funds for Scottish charities. The Ball subsequently became an annual event and a charity in its own right. Formally know as The Royal Caledonian Ball Trust, the name was changed to The Royal Caledonian Charities Trust in 2014 to emphasise the importance that the Trust places on its charitable fund raising. Over the last 20 years the Trust has raised over £730,000 for Scottish Charities and it is estimated that since the Ball began over £3,000,000 has been given to worthy Scottish causes.   The majority of funds raised are by personal donations, sponsorship and advertising – to find out more about how to support us in one of these ways please contact us.

The constitution of the Trust states that its charitable gifts must go towards the support of Scottish people, with a bias towards military causes. We support people in the following areas: the elderly, children, those with disabilities, the injured and the homeless. All decisions are agreed by a vote yearly Committee meetings.

In December 2015 we were honoured with the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a lunch in Archers’ Hall, Edinburgh. The lunch, hosted by the Chairman, Mrs Houston Morris was a celebration of the remarkable work that the charities we support do. Representatives from all charities supported in 2015 were invited, together with beneficiaries and service users from these charities. All invitees were introduced to Her Royal Highness and photographs taken by Chris Watt of this wonderful event can be viewed here using the password ‘edinburgh2015′

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In 2016 the Committee of The Royal Caledonian Charities Trust are proud to have supported a number of incredibly worthwhile causes to the total of £45,000.

Bobath £4,000
Borderline £2,000
Borders Children’s Charity £3,000
Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project £2,000
Families First £4,000
Fet-Lor Youth Club £3,000
Friends of Roxburghe House £1,000
Health in Mind £1,000
Hearts and Minds £3,000
Islay & Jura Sick Children Fund £1,000
Riding for the Disabled, The Drum, Edinburgh £2,000
Riding for the Disabled, Glasgow £2,000
Royal Highland Education Trust £2,000
Scottish Veterans Residences £3,000
Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers £5,000
St Catherine’s Homeless Projects £3,000
The Teapot Trust £1,000
Waverly Care £3,000