Council charity donation is given to Friends of Anchor

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Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Colin Mackenzie has handed over a cheque to Friends of ANCHOR for £1,500 as part of the local authority’s annual charity donations.

Colin presented the cheque on behalf of the council to Sarah-Jane Milne, Friends of ANCHOR’s PR and Fundraising Manager. He is delighted to be able to support the charity which raises money for the main haematology and cancer care facility in the North-east, the ANCHOR Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, as well as local cancer research projects.

The charity is committed to ensuring that every cancer patient attending the ANCHOR Unit receives the best possible care, treatment and support during and after their diagnosis.

Friends of ANCHOR does this through purchasing non-NHS funded equipment for the unit; offering free support services for patients of the ANCHOR Unit including reflexology, chiropody and a clinical physcologist as well as investing in leading cancer research projects at the University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University.

Acknowledging the donation, Friends of ANCHOR chairman James Milne of Balmoral Group, said: “We greatly appreciate Colin Mackenzie taking time out of his busy schedule to personally present the cheque to the charity team. It’s fantastic to have Aberdeenshire Council supporting Friends of ANCHOR and helping us in our commitment to seeing cancer and haematology patients offered the best possible care in the North-east.”

Colin also commented, saying: “Providing assistance to local charities is an important part of helping those within our communities who are in need of specialist support. Friends of ANCHOR undertakes some hugely important work in terms of supporting cancer patients and funding research and I was very pleased to present a donation on behalf of the council.”

As Chief Executive, Colin is joined by Council Leader Anne Robertson and Provost Bill Howatson in presenting an annual charity donation to their three chosen charities. Friends of ANCHOR, RNLI Macduff and Horseback UK received cheques this year and join a whole host of important local charities that have been supported over the years.