Donation from Peterson

18 Mar 2020
L R Laura Mutch Jodie Ewen Cathy Simpson Stuart White Magdalena Konieczna Leona McDermid

Leading international energy logistics provider Peterson has donated £20,000 to Aberdeen Care and Repair and Aberdeen Foyer, following a wide-ranging fundraising campaign throughout 2019.

Staff across Aberdeen and surrounding offices united to raise funds by organising and participating in a variety of bake sales, themed days, raffles, and the annual Christmas dance which saw more than £6,000 raised on the night. Each charity will receive £10,000 to support the important work they do for the local community.

Stuart White, director at Peterson, said: “I am proud of our team’s fantastic achievement in raising a substantial sum for two very worthy charities, demonstrating our commitment to making a positive difference in our local community. We look forward to continuing with our future fundraising efforts.”

Two different charities are selected by Peterson staff each year for the Aberdeen and surrounding offices and a total of £80,000 has been raised through a variety of fundraising events over the past four years.

These fundraising campaigns are part of the wider ‘Dare to Care’ initiative which benefits the communities Peterson operates in. The programme aims to improve the company’s sustainability performance by focussing on customer relationships, employee development and wellbeing, the environment, and community engagement.

Karen Milne, manager at Aberdeen Care and Repair Services, said: “We're delighted to receive this generous donation from Peterson, which allows us to continue our work around early home safety intervention and dementia. We encourage older or disabled people to take advantage of our free home assessment to identify any hazards in their home and benefit from our assistance in resolving them. We also provide equipment such as daylight bulbs, dementia-friendly clocks, grab rails and more for the most vulnerable in the local area."

Aberdeen Care and Repair is a registered voluntary organisation and charity which provides advice and practical assistance to people aged 60-years and over, people with disabilities and people with long-term health conditions, to allow them to continue to live within their own homes as independently as possible. The charity offers services to residents of Aberdeen City including social housing tenants when the work required is not part of their tenancy agreement.

Leona McDermid, Aberdeen Foyer’s Chief Executive said, “We have really enjoyed our link with Peterson, getting to know the charity committee and what Peterson achieves as a business. On behalf of Foyer clients and staff, I would like to warmly thank everyone who has cooked, baked, run raffles and events to raise this amazing donation. It really matters to us to have been your chosen charity, supporting our work in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. We see young people and adults every day who are faced with significant life challenges such as mental ill health, homelessness, poverty, lack of opportunity, and yet still manage to move forward. Our services offering supported housing, learning, training, counselling, employment support and health improvement initiatives are a gateway to change. With the right opportunities people can, and do, make unbelievable changes in their lives and this donation helps us do just that.”