Aberdeen health and caregiving staff organised a fundraiser for CFINE and AberNecessities, charities in Aberdeen providing essential support services to people experiencing hardship. The fundraiser was initiated by Stephen Roberts, NHS Worker at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary – Intensive Care Unit.

The Scottish Government awarded a one-off bonus to Scotland’s lifesavers and caregivers for their hard work on the frontline throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Roberts reached out to fellow NHS and care workers to encourage them to donate a part of their bonus to local support service providers, CFINE and AberNecessities.

Stephen Roberts, NHS Care Worker said:

“We feel grateful to have the means to support ourselves and wanted to share with others not in this position. We're lucky to be able to go out to work, to see people and to be useful. We've been shown a lot of support and gratitude from the public and we greatly appreciate it.”

Lisa Duthie, Chief Executive of CFINE said:

“We would like to thank the nation’s heroes, the exceptional NHS staff and caregivers from the bottom of our heart for their tireless work.

“This fantastic gesture from our local frontline workers is truly exceptional, and we cannot thank you enough for keeping us safe and helping us offer a hand to people who were hit the hardest by the pandemic.

“Your donations will help us continue delivering emergency food aid to many individuals and families experiencing food insecurity and maintain our broad range of holistic support services.”

Danielle Flecher-Horn, Founder of AberNecessities said: 

"We can’t thank these lifesavers and caregivers enough. This bonus is the very least our key workers in the NHS deserve and for them to donate part of this goes above and beyond. This generosity will ensure we can continue to support so many children and families with the basic essentials that no child should go without. We would like to take this opportunity to not only recognise but to sincerely thank the truly remarkable NHS staff and volunteers across the North-East for their amazing work and kindness, for which we are eternally grateful."

The need for CFINE’s emergency support grew three-fold since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We support people facing challenges with emergency food parcels, benefits and budgeting advice, food growing packs and employability skills training.

AberNecessities provides disadvantaged families with the essential and basic necessities that no child should go without. From maternity bundles for mother and baby to nappies, formula milk, clothing, toys and equipment for children aged 0-18 years, AberNecessities recognises the importance of meeting the basic needs of a child in order to give them the best start possible. We work closely with a body of professionals across the NHS, education system and social workers to support children living in poverty in our local community. Since launching in March 2019 we have helped over 4,000 children and families across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.  

We have been working in partnership with AberNecessities for years. We often refer beneficiaries to each other to ensure no family goes without adequate food, essentials, or kids’ clothing.

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