Charity Celebrates With WOOD Charity Partnership Announcement & Big Build Pledge of £75,000

Charlie House is celebrating today (5th March 2021) after global engineering and consulting company Wood announced it has selected the Aberdeen-based charity as a charity partner for 2021. The company has pledged to raise funds towards the Charlie House Therapeutic Play Area as part of the charity’s Big Build Appeal.

Charlie House launched its public ‘Big Build Appeal’ in November 2018 to engage and call on people in the North-east of Scotland to support its three-year fundraising campaign to raise £8millon for the Charlie House Specialist Support Centre.

The Aberdeen-based Wood team have already kicked off their support of Charlie House and have selected to fund the £75,000 Therapeutic Play Area, with any additional funds going to the general Big Build Appeal. 

Situated on the first floor of Charlie House specialist support centre, the Therapeutic Play Area will provide a crucial part of the support Charlie House offered to families. The room will be designed and furnished in a warm and welcoming manner to appeal to children and adults alike. It will be a comfortable and safe space where families will be supported to explore their thoughts and feelings and learn techniques to manage them. Importantly, family members will also be able to access the room for pre- and post-bereavement support. The support the families need varies greatly for example, when a child's condition deteriorates a family may need additional support to prepare themselves that their child could be approaching the end of their life. 

Tracy Johnstone, Chair of Charlie House, says, “Funding of the Therapeutic Play Area will mean that the children, siblings and families accessing our specialist support centre will be supported in a safe, calm environment. The sessions will be held on both a 1-2-1 and group basis allowing family groups or peer groups, such as siblings, who are experiencing similar circumstances to come together and share experiences. These vital sessions will equip families with the tools and techniques they need to manage worries and emotions, improve health and wellbeing, provide pre- and post-bereavement support and keep memories safe.”

Tracy continues, “Families experience a range of feelings and emotions when caring for a child with complex needs. This can include feelings of anxiety, isolation and worries about the future. Siblings often have very complex feelings about their brother or sister. All of the sessions are designed to support families with their specific needs and help them to make the most of the time that they have with their child.”

Susan Crighton, Director of Fundraising at Charlie House says, “With the continued restriction on events, 2021 continues to be a challenging year and corporate support and partnerships are now more vital than ever to enable charities like Charlie House to continue their work and to support local families. We are extremely grateful to Wood for selecting Charlie House as their charity partner this year and making the decision to put their money raised to this very special area in our specialist support centre.”

Susan continues, “Wood has already donated £10,000 from their Community Investment Committee as part of their pledge commitment. Individuals and groups from the team have also already started their fundraising efforts. In recognition of the support given by Wood to achieve the Charlie House dream, there will be a bespoke plaque outside the Therapeutic Play Area which will be visible to all those accessing and benefitting from this very special place.”

Craig Shanaghey, Wood’s President of Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, says, “We are proud to pledge our support to Charlie House and the incredible work that they are doing to support children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, and their families, from across the North East of Scotland. I am delighted that Wood can play a part in raising funds towards the Big Build Appeal and, in particular, the therapeutic playroom, which will offer a fantastic learning experience and essential respite for many affected children in our local community.”

For further information on the Charlie House Big Build Appeal and how you can support, please visit https://www.charliehouse.org.uk/big-build-appeal/ or call 01224 313333.

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