Three charities have joined together to raise cash to support the development of two north-east health centres.
Friends of the Neonatal Unit, Friends of ANCHOR and the Aberdeen University Development Trust have today launched a campaign to support the Baird Family Hospital and the ANCHOR Centre.
The charities formally unveiled their campaigns today at an event at Tempo Cafe in the Bon Accord Centre.
Jackie Bremner, project director at NHS Grampian, said: “We’ve made a significant investment of £163.7 million which covers the construction and equipping of these exciting new facilities. These buildings will be more than just the bricks, mortar and new equipment though – it’s the people who will breathe the life into them and make them a focal point for our communities for years to come.
“The theme of these fundraising campaigns is ‘Delivering the Difference’ and I am certain these campaigns – with the support of the people of the north of Scotland – will help us to deliver two truly world class health care facilities.”
The ANCHOR Centre will be the first of its kind, offering modern, high quality oncology and haematology.
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The Baird Family Hospital is planned to be a replacement for the current Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and will also provide direct corridor links to ARI and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.
Dr James S Milne, chairman of Friends of ANCHOR, said: “We are delighted to launch our fundraising campaign for the ANCHOR Centre. With the fundraising for ANCHOR, The Baird Family Hospital and research going live simultaneously it seemed right to collaborate for the launch.”
David Wood, chief executive of The ARCHIE Foundation, said: “The charities joining forces will really benefit people across Grampian and the North of Scotland.”
Professor Steve Heys, head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at Aberdeen University added: “We are proud to be working with NHS Grampian and our partner charities to make these two new hospitals the very best they can be.”