Funding boost for Stonehaven school bus campaign

PICTURED, from left, are Carronhill School Head Teacher Lesley Hawksfield, pupil Aaron Moore, Give Kids A Chance Project Manager Heather Wilson, CNR International Vice President Finance, Barry Duncan, pupil Ruairidh Younger, CNR International Managing Director James Edens, Friends of Carronhill Chairwoman Caroline Traa, pupil Hannah Tennant and pupil Harry Barron.
PICTURED, from left, are Carronhill School Head Teacher Lesley Hawksfield, pupil Aaron Moore, Give Kids A Chance Project Manager Heather Wilson, CNR International Vice President Finance, Barry Duncan, pupil Ruairidh Younger, CNR International Managing Director James Edens, Friends of Carronhill Chairwoman Caroline Traa, pupil Hannah Tennant and pupil Harry Barron.

A STONEHAVEN school has been given a welcome funding boost thanks to kind-hearted employees at an Aberdeen-based oil and gas operator.

CNR International have donated £3500 to the Friends of Carronhill - a group of parents, staff and supporters of the school, which caters for children with additional support needs.

They have set a target of raising £35,000 this year to enable them to buy a new minibus, due to the school’s current one costing more than is sustainable in repair bills.

The group say the bus provides a vital link between the children and the community, giving them the opportunity to take part in various activities.

The company has also donated £3500 to another North-east organisation, Give Kids a Chance, which aims to encourage and support disadvantaged young people to develop and sustain long-term hobbies and interests, after raising the cash at their annual dinner dance.

CNR International held a Glam Rock-themed event at the AECC, which was attended by almost 300 guests, earlier this year. The money was raised through a Heads and Tails game and donations from both CNR International and its charitable donations committee.

Friends of Carronhill chairwoman, Caroline Traa, said: “We are delighted to receive this generous donation and intend to put it towards our fundraising effort to purchase a new mini-bus for the school, which will enable us to take the children on more outings.”

Heather Wilson, Project Manager, at Give Kids a Chance, added: “We are very grateful to CNR International for choosing our organisation to benefit from its fundraising efforts. The support we receive from businesses as well as the public in the local community is fundamental to our organisation continuing to support disadvantaged children.”

CNR International’s Vice President and Managing Director, James Edens, said: “We have been a major employer in the North-east for almost a decade now, and despite the tax rise announced by the Chancellor recently, we will continue to operate in the North Sea, where significant reserves remain accessible for years to come.

“It is therefore of vital importance that we continue to support organisations within the communities in which we will be operating in the years ahead. Give Kids A Chance and Friends of Carronhill are two very worthwhile, local causes and we hope that these donations will help them to continue the good work that they do.”

CNR International is a division of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, an independent oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

It manages and resources operations in the UK North Sea and offshore West Africa from its offices in Aberdeen, where it employs over 350 staff and contract employees.