Excitement is brewing at Hampton HQ as we look forward to the auctioning off of our very own Christmas tree, Bob L. Clause, to raise funds for local children’s charity, The ARCHIE Foundation.

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Decorated by a few team members earlier this month, the nine ft Santa Clause themed tree is currently on display – along with nine other trees – at Aberdeen’s Marischal College Atrium.

It will be sold as part of an online auction which opens on Monday (November 23rd) for a week and we are hoping that a number of our clients and suppliers will take part and bid for Bob.

The more funds raised, the more support can be provided by the charity.

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According to our head of strategy, Nikki Morris-Laing decorating the tree was great fun, but the real priority is to raise as much funds as possible for ARCHIE.

We had a great time creating Bob L. Clause, and hope that people have enjoyed seeing him in all his glory these past few weeks.

This year has undoubtedly been an incredibly difficult one for many and so we just hope that our taking part in this fundraiser will spread a little Christmas cheer.

However, and perhaps more importantly, we hope that lots of funds are raised from the sale of our tree and all the others in order to provide much needed financial support to ARCHIE.

Nikki Morris-Laing

Other organisations taking part in the fundraiser include Aberdeen Football Club, Mackie’s of Scotland and Tendeka.

Commenting on the support from the local community, Lynne Brooks, ARCHIE’s gifts and donations officer said: “We are so grateful to all the organisations that are taking part in this fundraiser as, as for many, 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for us.

“We have seen many of our income streams impacted, while requests for help have increased so the need to fundraise is greater than ever.

“Through the auction we hope to raise much needed funds to help local babies, children and their families across the North-east.”

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ARCHIE supports Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital (RACH), the Neonatal Unit Aberdeen and Grampian Child Bereavement Network with specialist staff and equipment as well as parents’ accommodation while children are in hospital, emergency grants to families and support to bereaved children.