Marking 40 Years of Supporting Local

In 1984 the Reverend Mike Mair of Holburn West Church decided that something needed to be done about the increasing levels of poverty in Aberdeen. Instant Neighbour started as a youth unemployment scheme to help young unemployed people gain work experience by helping the most vulnerable in society with small tasks that a neighbour might have done. It was a community project that aimed to promote community spirit while simultaneously attending to the most vulnerable in society.

Our aim has always been to alleviate poverty, but Instant Neighbour has changed and adapted to the needs of society.

This year Instant Neighbour is marking 40 years of unwavering support for our local community, and we’re on a mission to make our milestone even more monumental by raising £40,000 for 40 years! But, we can’t do it alone – we need YOU!

Join the excitement by diving headfirst into one (or more!) of these events! Whether you’re a sprinter, stroller, or cyclist, there’s something for everyone to get involved in:

April 2024

Balmoral 5k and 10k – Saturday, April 27th, 2024: Lace up those running shoes and dash through the breath-taking Highland scenery at Balmoral Estate!

Run Balmoral

June 2024

Kiltwalk – Sunday, June 2nd, 2024: Grab your tartan and join the march for our cause! Whether you’re taking the “wee wander” or striding the “mighty stride,” put on your comfiest shoes and let’s strut our stuff for Instant Neighbour!         

The Kiltwalk | The Aberdeen Kiltwalk

August 2024

Ride the North – August 2024: If cycling is more your speed, hop on your bike and ride for a reason! Choose between 100 miles or 70 miles of scenic adventure and show your support in style.

Home – Ride the North (

September 2024

Its Official – we’re partners with Beast Race!

Beast Race – September 2024: Brace yourself for the ultimate challenge! Are you tough enough to tackle the Beast Race? With grit, determination, and a dash of wild spirit, conquer obstacles just like we conquer barriers at Instant Neighbour!  And since we are official charity partners with Beast Race, we can offer free tickets to this event provided you can fundraise a minimum of £150 for Instant Neighbour!

You can sign-up using the promo code ‘INSTANT24’ for your free charity ticket and you can do that following this link:

Beast Race 2024, Sat 21 Sep 2024 at 09:45 | Race Space

But wait, there’s more!  We’ve got you covered with on the day T-shirts, sponsor forms, and the promise of social media fame! Snap some pics, share your journey using #40kfor40yearsofinstantneighbour, and watch as your efforts ignite a wave of support across our platforms!  Time’s ticking, so don’t delay – click those links, sign up, and let’s make 40 years of community support go down in history as the most epic celebration yet! Together, we can achieve anything!

Thanking you ever so much for your continued support and efforts.

Team Instant Neighbour