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In North East Scotland, there are over 1,800 babies, children and young people living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. Together, we can provide vital support for these children and their families while helping them create memories for the whole family to treasure. Every penny raised from your mud-covered fun at the Beast Race will go towards the creation of a new specialist facility here in Aberdeen for the families of North East Scotland
One in five people in Scotland are living with the effects of chest, heart and stroke conditions. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives. With your help, we can provide vital services to help them live the life they want to. By supporting us you will be helping people across Scotland to take back their lives, regain their confidence and live life to the full. #nolifehalflived
When your baby dies, it is an incredibly traumatic and extremely lonely time as you may struggle to find others who understand the overwhelming emotions you experience. We can be there to hold your hand and walk with you on your journey, as you start to find a way to cope with your grief. Our families are at the heart of everything that we do. All our bereavement support services are free and for as long as they are needed. We know that no one person’s grief is the same, so our support services are individualised for each family we support. You can help us by raising vital funds to support our families.
Friends of the Neuro Ward works to improve the care and comfort of patients in Wards 204 & 205 at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the neuro rehab unit at Woodend Hospital.
Our volunteers have worked closely with staff to buy the “extras” to make life a little easier for those on the ward – ranging from specialist mattresses, recliner chairs and shower trolleys to rehabilitation tools and activities for patients, who come from across Grampian, the Highlands and islands.
Friends of ANCHOR is a local charity supporting those in the North-east with a cancer or haematology diagnosis. The charity works alongside NHS Grampian to ensure patients have the very best treatment, care and support. This year, the charity is set to celebrate the opening of The ANCHOR Centre - a new facility that will unite the out and day patient departments under one roof. Friends of ANCHOR have pledged to raise £2m for additional extras within the Centre like garden spaces, a dedicated complementary therapy room and art installations to enhance the atmosphere. By taking on the Beast Race for Friends of ANCHOR, you’ll directly support the 250 patients who will walk through the Centre’s doors daily when it opens.
Befriend a Child works to support children and young people growing up in difficult life circumstances across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to develop into confident adults. We do this through our 1:1 and group befriending and mentoring projects. Our key objectives for these children are to help increase their confidence and self-esteem, reduce their social isolation, help them to develop new life skills and interests and ultimately help them realise their full potential.
Clan is here for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. We provide emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, their family, carers, and friends. Our services are freely offered to all from pre-diagnosis and diagnosis through treatment and beyond at support and wellbeing centres located across the north-east of Scotland and Northern Isles.
AberNecessities provides disadvantaged families with the essential and basic necessities that no child should go without. From maternity bundles for mother and baby to nappies, formula milk, clothing, toys and equipment for children aged 0-18 years, AberNecessities recognises the importance of meeting the basic needs of a child in order to give them the best start possible.
We operate on a referral basis, accepting applications from our network of brilliant professionals across the health, social care and education systems. We know the professionals are best placed to meet the needs and provide the emotional support to the families we support, while we provide the physical items. Our referral system allows us to distribute items fairly and efficiently to families who need them most.
Currently, 21.8% of children living in Aberdeen are living in poverty; the need for AberNecessities has never been greater.
Since launching in 2019, AberNecessities has distributed hundreds of thousands of items to over 12,000 children across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Archway is a Northeast charity, set up by parents and carers themselves, that has been offering a lifeline of caring services to almost 200 children, young people and adults with profound learning disabilities and their families for over 30 years. We offer residential care, residential respite care and a whole range of community services to support each individual and their family. We understand that every person with a profound learning disability, and every family supporting them, is on a difficult journey having to overcome enormous challenges every day. We are dedicated to doing everything we can to create opportunities to help them overcome these difficulties, ensure they are valued, empowered and enabled so they can lead life to the full whatever their disability might be.
Everything you raise for us taming the Banchory Beast will be used to fund a range of outings and activities that build confidence and self-esteem and prevent social isolation, wheelchair adapted vehicles, so no-one is left out, ,special equipment for those with physical disabilities and new services that meet changing needs as time goes by. Thank you for your support. We really appreciate it.
Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, making memories for courageous children
Kayleigh’s Wee Stars was set up in 2012 by Jonathan and Anna Cordiner after losing their 2-year-old daughter Kayleigh to terminal illness. After their daughter was diagnosed, they made it their mission to do everything they could to make her last few months as precious and memorable as possible. Money is the last thing parents should have to worry about at such an impossible time, and so, with a desire to do something to help, they established Kayleigh’s Wee Stars. Having a child with a terminal illness brings many challenges, but the immediate and longer-term financial impact is something that is often overlooked. The charity was established with one key objective in mind: that no family should have to worry about money when spending precious time with their terminally ill child.
The Archie Foundation is the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. We exist to transform experiences and outcomes in healthcare and bereavement for local babies, children and families. Some of our services include emergency financial support for families, professional support for bereaved children, Neonatal services support, funding specialist medical equipment, an on-site family accommodation centre and creating a child friendly clinical environment
VSA have been providing the best of care since 1870. From a person’s first breath through to their last, VSA has stood next to the people across Aberdeen & beyond for 150 years offering care, support, and vital services to vulnerable people living in our communities as and when they needed it.
Based on the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Maggie’s Aberdeen is a beacon of hope. We welcome up to 10,000 visits each year from people living with cancer and their family and friends. As well as providing expert advice and support, our beautiful centre is a warm and welcoming place people can come to when they’re feeling overwhelmed. When a cancer diagnosis turns your life upside down, we are here for you.
Our team provide a wide range of services, including drop-in support from our clinically trained Cancer Support Specialists, one-to-one, group, and family support from a Clinical Psychologist, and financial support from our dedicated Benefits Advisor. We also run an evidence-based programme of workshops, groups, and activities to help with nutrition, emotional wellbeing, and exercise to support people throughout their cancer journey. By supporting Maggie’s, you can help ensure people impacted by cancer in the Northeast always have access to our life-changing programme of cancer support whenever they need it.