Proserv raises £11k for North-east children’s charity in 2016

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A North East children’s charity has received more than £11,000 following a year-round fundraising effort by staff at energy services company Proserv.

Charlie House, which supports children living in and near Aberdeen with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions, was the firm’s chosen charity for 2016 and the focus of activities for employees at Proserv’s bases in Westhill, Echt, Dyce and Tullos.

Fundraising efforts included an off-road cycle through Aberdeenshire, a Bake Off style cookery competition and a race night as well as a Christmas raffle, quiz evening and sweepstakes.

Charlie House is a children’s charity which engages in activities and projects to support youngsters. The organisation runs a monthly Saturday Club, days out for siblings, short breaks, support and information services for families and relatives. Charlie House is also currently raising funds to build a respite care centre.

Lynn Batham of Charlie House said “We are extremely grateful to Proserv for this very generous donation, in the current climate the staff and everyone involved in the fundraising events should be very proud of this achievement. Our relationship with Proserv has been invaluable in helping us raise our profile and their donation will go a long way to help us continue the support we provide to our families, making their lives that bit easier.”

Proserv’s charities’ committee chose Charlie House as their charity for the year as the organisation’s work touched the hearts of much of its workforce. There is currently no specialist care centre for children in the North East of Scotland with complex disabilities and the charity’s passion and commitment to bring care, support and respite services to the local area is valued by many within the Proserv organisation.

Iain Smith, Region President UK & Europe at Proserv, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to support such a worthwhile organisation that provides support to both children and their families. A lot of effort went in throughout the year from staff across all our bases in the North East of Scotland and I’m thrilled by what we have achieved through our team work and spirit.

“A lot of fun was had by our staff taking part in all the activities and it is fantastic news that we were able to raise so much for such an organisation that does a huge amount of valuable work throughout the region.”

One of the chief fundraising efforts was an annual sponsored cycle from Aboyne to Mount Keen that involved 15 members of staff endure a 35 mile off-road route. The cycle took over four hours to complete and passed through Aboyne to Tarfside via the Fungle Road and Mount Keen.

In addition, 30 employees rose to the challenge of a baking competition inspired by the Great British Bake Off TV show. A member of Proserv’s management team took on the role of Mary Berry and judged office manager Christine Thorne as star baker for her chocolate orange cake, which was inspired by Charlie House’s colours.

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