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SKF donates £3,470 to children’s charity Charlie House

2016 November 04, 09:00 GMT

Staff at SKF’s Aberdeen facility held a series of events to help the local charity fund its projects that support children with complex disabilities and medical needs.

SKF has donated nearly £3,500 to children’s organisation The Charlie House Appeal, which was selected as its nominated charity of the year. Staff at the firm’s Aberdeen facility organised a series of fundraising activities, including bake sales, a football sweeper, merchandise sales and a raffle at its Meet The World football tournament, for the local cause. The money made from the events was matched by SKF to take the total amount raised to £3,470.

The Charlie House Appeal is part of Grampian Children's Respite Care and was launched in 2013 to raise the £5 million needed to build and deliver a specialist respite care service in the North East of Scotland. The charity aims to support young people with complex disabilities, medical needs and/or life limiting conditions, as well as their families, by providing a home from home environment where they can be cared for in a safe, supportive and stimulating setting. It also promotes social inclusion through fun activities.

Lynn Batham from Charlie House said: “We were delighted to receive the generous donation from SKF. This type of community fundraising is vital to enable us to continue our much-needed work as we expand to help more children and their families. We are already holding coffee mornings for parent carers and activities for siblings, as well as organising our annual short break to Kielder Water and Forest Park, which will be attended by 10 new families this year. We are also creating a Charlie House Community Team, which will include the provision of a nurse to provide practical and emotional support to families throughout their own individual journeys.”

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