Peterson donates a total of £20,000 to two charities; Aberdeen Cyrenians and Friends of the Special Nursery.
Employees in Aberdeen and surrounding offices rallied together to raise £20,000 through various fundraising events throughout 2017 including the annual Christmas ball where employees donated over £6200 on the night alone.
The Friends of the Special Nursery is a high dependency unit in the maternity hospital and caters for up to 37 babies at one time. The NHS can only provide standard kit for the unit and therefore the charity use donations to fund high technology equipment to support babies and their families. These donations are vital to fund the highest technology equipment for the children as one giraffe incubator costs approximately £50,000.
Peterson’s £10,000 donation will assist with buying some of this specialist equipment and also go towards travel expenses for parents as the unit covers a wide peripheral range which goes as far as the Shetland isles.
Katie Watters from Friends of the Special Nursery stated, “The incredible donation by Peterson will make a real difference to the support that we are able to offer babies and their families at the Neonatal Unit in Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. We pass on our sincere thanks for the additional help that they will receive as a direct result of your wonderful efforts.”
Aberdeen Cyrenians offers rehabilitation and support services for people affected by homelessness in the Aberdeen and surrounding areas. The charity plans to use the donation from Peterson to support their vast range of services including their domestic abuse support and drop in service which provides advice on homelessness, assessment for food parcels and access to the ‘Street Alternatives’ service which provides access to shelter, food and other essential services.
Kate Loades, Fundraising Manager for Aberdeen Cyrenians comments: “Over the last year we have seen more and more people accessing our services which has results in 2855 food parcels given out, 5406 meals served as our Street Alternatives service and 1251 showers taken at our centre on Summer Street. Homelessness is one of the most degrading and destructive experiences any human can go through and without your support our work would simple not be possible.”
Peterson’s Shetland base also raised an amazing £4500 which was split between CLAN and Macmillan Cancer Support, this was done through various fundraising events by the local offices that the company then matches to double the donation for each region.