MORAY has risen to the challenge in support of its sick children and helped Moray Friends of ARCHIE smash a £100,000 target to refurbish the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital.
Just over two years after the appeal was launched to create a bright and modern new ward, the ambitious target set by the voluntary group has been reached – and exceeded.
In fact, two large donations from the Speyside Kiltwalk and Burghead Boxing Day Swim should see the final total climb to more than £130,000.
It seemed a daunting target to set in November, 2011, when the appeal was launched during an open day at the hospital. However, the people of Moray went on to take the appeal to their hearts and rallied behind the cause.
The Moray Friends appeal has seen support come in all shapes and sizes, from £1 donations given by young children at fund-raising events to £9,000 raised at the friends group’s own charity ball and the £15,000 received last Friday from the Speyside Kiltwalk.
The Burghead Boxing Day Swim was the final event in the appeal, and a record-breaking number of swimmers look set to generate more than £15,000 for the children’s ward appeal.
Individuals and groups from all over Moray have given support, either through direct donations or fund-raising events supported by the community.
Donations have been received from communities all over Moray, where people have appreciated the importance of retaining a children’s ward for the future care of local youngsters.
Matt Jobson, the senior nurse in charge of the children’s ward, said: "To hear that the Moray Friends of ARCHIE had reached their target for the refurbishment of Ward 2 was amazing, but to realise that they had exceeded it only goes to highlight what amazing support we have from the people of Moray.
"This money will make a huge difference to children and young people accessing paediatric services within Dr Gray’s Hospital.
"The Ward 2 team are really excited and look forward to seeing everyone’s hard work and commitment to this project become a reality."
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