TAQA raise £60k for sick kids

Charitable staff from a north-east oil and gas company has helped to raise more than £60,000 to help sick children from all across the north-east of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.

TAQA employees in Westhill selected The ARCHIE Foundation, the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) for their charity of the year programme.

Over the last 12 months, the staff have generated enough cash through a huge fundraising effort to cover the cost of a specialist children’s pain nurse for a whole year.

The vital funding will allow ARCHIE’s paediatric pain clinical nurse specialist Chantelle Stewart to help youngsters deal with their illnesses, and improve their often uncomfortable stays in hospital.

And after raising the cash, TAQA helped to make even more money for ARCHIE through match funding.

Donald Taylor, acting managing director of TAQA in Aberdeen, said: “Through our Charity of the Year programme we aim to support our local communities and those less fortunate and over the last year there have been some remarkable team and individual fundraising efforts from staff whicvh have helped us exceed our original target.

“The ARCHIE Foundation provides such a vital service and we are pleased that the money raised will go a long way towards helping sick children and their families in the north-east of Scotland have a better experience during a very difficult time in their lives.”

Ms Stewart said: “The staff at TAQA have been amazing – they have done so many things to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation and then TAQA has been extremely generous in match funding a lot of it.

“Their generosity will pay for this service for another whole year, helping the children to manage their pain.

“It also enables me to attend courses on the latest children’s pain management skills, new knowledge which I can then pass on to other clinical staff too.

“Without kind people like those at TAQA, ARCHIE couldn’t provide this service which makes such a big difference to the children and their families.

“It is a wonderful gift to give, and we thank everyone at TAQA very much indeed.”

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