Wooden Spoon Scotland open new project for The ARCHIE Foundation

Sir Moir Lochhead, Chairman of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) and Patron of The ARCHIE Foundation, opened the Wooden Spoon Scotland Refurbished Reception and office area in the Royal Aberdeen Children’s hospital (RACH) Family Support unit on Thursday 5th May 2016.

The unit is part of the refurbishment of the parents’ accommodation into an ARCHIE family support centre where parents of children attending the children’s hospital can avail themselves of free accommodation during their children’s stay, which can sometimes last several months.

The centre provides en-suite bedrooms, kitchen/dining room/sitting room and office where support and advice will also be provided.

Howard Roper, Chairman of the North East branch recalled Wooden Spoon Scotland’s £60,000 donation for the children’s play area in the RACH’s Accident and Emergency reception area in 2004 and how pleased Wooden Spoon Scotland were to be able to support ARCHIE again.

Charlie Bryden, Wooden Spoon Scottish Chairman, said: “When Wooden Spoon was approached, we were delighted to support the appeal as having parents and siblings close by makes a real difference to sick children.  Wooden Spoon is the Children’s Charity of Rugby and a way for the sport to give something back to the community.”

Following the plaque unveiling, the chief executive of The ARCHIE Foundation, David Cunningham proudly showed off the new reception, office, lounge and kitchen facilities.

“We have been able to refit this whole area thanks to the generosity of Wooden Spoon Scotland, who donated over £38,500. The enthusiastic reaction from parents tells us just how much of a difference these new facilities make to them.”

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