Here at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), we love to help our local area in any way we can. Last year we saw local charity Friends of Anchor nominated by AECC staff to be the chosen charity of the year as well as lots of donations collected for Aberdeen Food Banks Partnership and AECC team lending a helping hand with the recent flooding in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
The Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy (ANCHOR) unit is an NHS department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary which treats patients with all forms of cancer, leukaemia and benign blood disorders throughout the North-east of Scotland including Orkney and Shetland. Friends of ANCHOR was set up to directly support the ANCHOR unit by committing long-term funding for medical equipment, patient wellbeing and local research.
Friends of ANCHOR run numerous fundraising events throughout the year which we were delighted to be a part of including their quarterly Cuppa, Cake and Chat where we got to meet some of the staff members and patients of the ANCHOR Unit and share a ‘cuppa, cake and chat’ with them.
One event which AECC staff got involved in was the ANCHOR Wipeout. Two teams from AECC went head to head with 70 other teams in a bid to be crowned the ANCHOR Wipeout Champions by tackling giant inflatable courses and manoeuvring obstacles to complete the game and were able to raise £630 for this event.
We also had some of our team take part in individual fundraising events for Friends of ANCHOR, AECC’s Sales Administrator, Alison Cheshire took part in an open water swim at Loch Lomond where she raised £335 and AECC’s Digital Media Executive, Lukas Richter, tackled the Inverness Marathon raising £515. In December, AECC’s Social Committee organised a staff raffle, which added a whopping £787 to the pot for the charity and since working with Friends of ANCHOR, AECC have raised a fantastic £3, 000 and counting!
During the month of December, AECC became a drop off point for Community Food Initiatives North East’s (CFINE) Food Banks Partnership Aberdeen which saw a fantastic amount of food, baby goods, pet food, toiletries and much more being donated to help out the fantastic food banks of Aberdeen.
With the recent flooding in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, AECC jumped at the opportunity to help out the local area and being a centre with many resources, we quickly arranged for some of the AECC Support Team to collect all 600 sandbags that we had on site. to be handed out to the Grandholm and Cults area of the City. Operations & Safety Manager, Craig Buchanan was on-site with support staff; Charlie Steele and Raymond Foote until the early hours with Director of Operations and Safety, Fiona Mann overseeing the whole operation.