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2019 Charity

Friends of the Neonatal Unit


For the third year in a row, Friends of the Neonatal Unit is to benefit from Signature.

The official charity of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital’s unit for premature and sick babies helps many families through difficult times and fundraising is at the heart of what it does. 

In 2017 the Friends was presented with £105,000 from Signature, enough to purchase two giraffe incubators, specialist medical equipment which provides babies, who are born early or poorly with an ideal environment to support their wellbeing,

Last year Signature presented £239,000 which was the charity’s biggest ever donation. The cash is being ploughed into facilities at the new Baird Family Hospital when it opens as a replacement for the maternity hospital in 2021.

The committee comprises of parents who have had babies in the neonatal unit and members of staff who give up their own free time to assist with fundraising and determining the priorities for funding. 

As well as specialist medical technology, the Friends have been able to purchase a wide range of useful and much appreciated items, including baby clothing, soft sheets and digital cameras to enable those precious moments of a first cuddle with a baby to be captured for posterity. 

This specialist medical equipment provides babies who are born early or poorly with an ideal environment to support their wellbeing, 

Since 1983 the unit has helped hundreds of families through these difficult times.  Many spend a few days with their baby in the unit whilst other babies need specialist care for longer and the unit becomes their second home.

Over the years, the charity has gone from strength to strength, becoming part of The ARCHIE Foundation family in 2017 and last year changing its name to Friends of the Neonatal Unit to better reflect the cause it supports.

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The Cure Parkinson’s Trust

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The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) has one bold aim – to cure Parkinson’s. CPT funds innovative and pioneering research around the world which is dedicated to finding new treatments that can slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s affects men and women, young and old across all social backgrounds. Around 145,000 people in the UK are living with the disease, and it’s predicted that 1 in 37 people will receive a diagnosis of Parkinson’s in their lifetime.

People with Parkinson’s still rely on the same treatments that were available in the 1960s, and these can only mask symptoms, they do not halt the progression of the disease.

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