A well-known actor has given his backing to a north-east charity by becoming its first celebrity ambassador.
Jordan Young, best known for his TV roles on River City, Scot Squad and his annual Aberdeen pantomime appearances, is the first official ambassador for Charlie House.
The children’s charity, based in the city, supports babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.
Last month, Charlie House unveiled plans to build a new £8 million eight-bedroom specialist support centre on the grounds of Woodend Hospital.
The charity has already raised £1 million towards the cause.
Jordan will now be helping to get the message about Charlie House out to a wider audience and supporting the appeal.
He said: “I was delighted to be approached by Charlie House to become their first celebrity ambassador. After learning of the fantastic work they carry out in the north-east for babies, children, young people and their families, I couldn’t help but become involved and after hearing about the amazing plans for the new specialist support centre and the Big Build Appeal, I wanted to show my support.
“I love my time in Aberdeen every winter in my panto role and have got to know the city well.
“The construction of the specialist support centre in the city for families to have access to services on their doorstep will be life-changing for people in the north-east of Scotland.
“Aberdeen should be very proud to have this building.”
The first of its kind in the area, the facility would also include facilities such as a sensory room, library, spa pool, craft room, therapy room, outdoor play area and a room for end-of-life care.
Tracy Johnstone, chairwoman of Charlie House, said: “We welcome Jordan as our first celebrity ambassador and look forward to working with him. His public profile really helps us to get the message out across the north-east of Scotland about our current services and also about our specialist support centre progress.
“Jordan is a familiar face in the city not only through his TV series but also as his panto character he brings to life in Aberdeen every winter.
“He has a wonderful way with people and children and always brings fun wherever he goes, which is very important to the families we support.”
As well as actors, Charlie House has also received support from a designer.
Claire Hamilton of Adelpha Design is helping the charity over the festive period with the design of new bespoke Christmas cards.
Money raised from the cards will go towards supporting the ongoing activities and support network that Charlie House provides to families. As well as the Big Build Appeal, the charity also has to continue fundraising for its other services at the same time.
Claire said: “I was delighted to support Charlie House in the design of the Christmas card range again this year.
“I worked closely with the team to come up with the fun and festive designs this year and hope people enjoy receiving the cards in the knowledge that the sales of these are also supporting a local charity.”
The cards can be bought in packs of 12, which costs £5.
Purchasing two packs of cards will fund the space for one child at an activity club the charity runs.
To purchase the cards, call Charlie House on 01224 313333 or drop into the office at 38 Albyn Place.