Locals urged to 'think Charlie House' this Christmas

A previous Christmas party at Charlie House. This year's festivities will take place online.

A north-east children's charity is urging locals to offer their support this festive season.

Charlie House - which supports children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions - has launched its 'Think Christmas... Think Charlie House' campaign.

CEO Louise Andrew said: "2020 has been hard for everyone, for many it has been memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.

"We know that a lot of people are looking forward to Christmas with hope, looking to make special memories and bring some much-needed joy into a year that has thrown up lots of challenges.

"For the families we support, this is especially true as prolonged shielding has left many feeling very isolated and anxious.

"Christmas is traditionally a time for families to spend precious time together making special memories, to be treasured forever.

"For the families of children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, every day is precious and an opportunity to make lasting memories.

"We are asking people to make Charlie House part of their special day this Christmas, to allow us to continue our work and create special memories all through the year for children and families who may have less time together than most."

Susan Crighton, director of fundraising, said: "There are so many ways to support our Christmas campaign this year. For a truly magical experience visit our fabulous Santa’s workshop at the Bon Accord Centre then stop for a snack in ReCHarge Café.

"If you prefer to stay cosy at home, we have a beautiful range of gifts, stocking fillers and Christmas cards on our online shop plus the option to buy vouchers or make a donation in lieu.

"By buying a ticket for the Rotary Clubs of Aberdeen and District raffle for just £1, you could win a first prize valued at £2,500 in time for Christmas. These simple actions will have a lasting effect.

"Proceeds from the ‘Think Christmas... Think Charlie House’ campaign will enable us to continue our work and support babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, and their families at Christmas and beyond."

Louise added: "Charlie House is committed to making life better for babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions, their parents, brothers, sisters, and all those who love them, this Christmas and every day that they have together.

"With the continued generosity of the people of the North East we can make that a reality. On behalf of the Charlie House team, I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in 2020 and wish you all good health, hope and happiness for 2021."

The online shop is available here.

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