People came together for a fundraising ball in Edinburgh on Saturday to help charitable causes in Scotland and Ukraine.

The events was hosted by the Order of Malta at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh and was attended by over 230 guests.

The money raised from the event will:

  • Assist children at a school for the disabled in Ukraine.
  • Be spent on continuing the Order of Malta's Dial-a-Journey scheme in Stirling and Falkirk.
  • Fund the Order of Malta's work with the homeless in Edinburgh and the central belt.

Archbishop Leo Cushley attended the event, along with the Chancellor of the Order of Malta, the Delegate and prior delegate of the Order in Scotland and several clergy.

It is the 20th occasion that the Order of Malta has hosted an annual charity fundraising ball in Edinburgh, which raises funds for its charitable projects in Scotland and overseas.

The Sovereign Order of Malta is the world's oldest Christian charity. Founded in the eleventh century in Jerusalem, today it numbers 150,000 medical and paramedical personnel and volunteers operating in over 120 countries.

It has diplomatic relations with over 100 states and the European Union, and permanent observer status at the United Nations. It is neutral, impartial and apolitical.