Newburgh woman drums up support for ill children

A BIG hearted Newburgh woman is hoping for a good turnout to a ceilidh she’s organising for a very good cause.

Amy Paterson, who is in her second year of a Children’s Nursing Degree at the Robert Gordon’s University, is helping co-ordinate a fundraising drive for ill children at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Amy - with friends Sophie White of Banchory and Rachael Keller of Bridge of Don - first came in contact with the ‘Fairy Box’ charity during their time working at Aberdeen Children’s Hospital as part of their degree programme. The Fairy Box supplies small gifts - toys, books and games - which can be given to children in hospital. There are seven of the boxes across Scotland, with two in Aberdeen, dispersing presents to children undergoing treatment.

Speaking to the Times, Amy said that the charity served a valuable purpose, bringing comfort to children in hospital, often far away from family and home. She added that the proceeds from the ceilidh would go towards buying new toys for the Aberdeen boxes in particular.

“The boxes really do make a difference,” she said. “The toys and gifts can be anything - face paints, dolls, action men, or books. The children choose their gift themselves from a special trolley, and get to keep the gift in question.

“We don’t have a specific target on money we’d like to raise - we just hope to sell all of our tickets and raise as much money as we can!”

The Fairy Ceilidh will be held at the Douglas Hotel for over-18s on March 24. Tickets are £15, and the price includes stovies. Tickets are available by contacting Amy, at amyrosepaterson@hotmail.com.