Children’s Hospital to Benefit from Ferry Support

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

A north-east children’s hospital charity is set to benefit from the support of a local ferry company.

The ARCHIE Foundation has been chosen by NorthLink Ferries to receive the proceeds of fundraising efforts taking place on the company’s three boats, MV Hamnavoe, MV Hrossey and MV Hjaltland.

The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and funds specialist staff, advanced medical equipment and emergency grants to support families.

Staff have already taken part in ARCHIE’s Big Cake Week and will compete against each other in the charity’s Virtual Challenge in September. They are also creating activity sheets for children which will be available to purchase on the boats for a donation to the charity.

Jamie Smith, Regional Fundraising Manager at The ARCHIE Foundation, visited the NorthLink Ferries Lerwick terminal this weekend to take part in a sponsored walk to Scalloway with a team of ferry company staff and crew.

He said: “The ARCHIE Foundation works across a huge area and we see a lot of families from Shetland and Orkney come to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital to receive treatment. It’s important for us to maintain strong links with the communities in the Northern Isles and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with NorthLink Ferries to support this.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the NorthLink Ferries staff and customers for their fundraising efforts to date, and wish them the best of luck with their activities over the coming months.”

NorthLink Ferries sails between Aberdeen and Lerwick and Kirkwall, as well Scrabster and Stromness.

Kathryn Fullerton, who is a Serco NorthLink Ferries Supervisor on board passenger vessel MV Hjaltland and has been leading the fundraising efforts, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the funds raised so far. The ARCHIE Foundation is a fantastic charity and we have all worked hard not only to fundraise but also to raise awareness of the great work that the organisation does.”