Aberdeen organisations benefit from housebuilder’s community fund donations

ABERDEEN’S The Archie Foundation Neonatal Unit and Befriend a Child are the latest organisations to benefit from Barratt Developments North Scotland’s Community Fund giveaway, with both receiving £1,000.

Initially based within Aberdeen’s Children Hospital but now also providing care across Shetland and Orkney, Inverness and Dundee, The Archie Foundation helps sick children by providing ‘much-needed’ extras not already catered for by the NHS. Its Neonatal unit provides care for babies born too soon or too sick, as well as their families.

The donation will help support family travel costs, accommodation and beds for families as they wait for updates, and birthday gifts for those who haven’t had the chance to go out and get anything for their child whilst standing-by at the hospital.

Lynne Brooks, gifts and donations officer at The Archie Foundation, said, “One in three children under 16 in Grampian will visit our sites each year – almost 35,000 children – so we’d like to say a huge thanks for the £1,000 donation, it is much appreciated and will make a real difference. With the monies we can make the difference in healthcare and bereavement for local children and their families; this may be provision of specialist staff, equipment, emergency grants to families or free onsite parent accommodation.”

Befriend a Child, meanwhile, supports children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds around Aberdeen and the Shire. A dedicated befriending and mentoring service, the organisation matches the youngsters with a trained volunteer who helps them develop resilience, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Katie Kyle, head of fundraising at Befriend a Child, said, “We’d like to thank Barratt and David Wilson Homes for their kind donation, which will make a huge difference. The £1,000 donation will go towards making sure befriendees continue to go on adventures and have new experiences with their befrienders. Learning new life skills and gaining confidence in themselves is incredibly important. We struggled throughout the pandemic, due to social distancing measures that meant it was difficult for befrienders to meet their child in person, but now with measures easing we are looking forward to welcoming children back.”

David Palmer, MD at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Scotland, added, “Archie’s and Befriend a Child carry out brilliant work for children and families across Aberdeen and further across Scotland. We hope that our donations will help them continue to provide these crucial and important services through what have been difficult times.”