Published: 02/05/2014 09:00 - Updated: 08/05/2014 13:11

Friends say thank you as appeal closes

A CELEBRATION has taken place to mark the end of a Moray appeal which raised more than £140,000 to refurbish the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.

The Moray Friends of ARCHIE brought the curtain down on the fund-raising on Saturday April 26.

Launched in November, 2011, with the aim of raising £100,000 to transform the ward, the appeal surpassed all expectations and captured the imagination of the Moray public.

The money will be used to give the ward a bright new look and make it more child-friendly and less clinical for young patients.

Staff pride themselves on the care they provide, and the refurbishment will allow them to do that in a modern environment.

Every area of the ward will be revamped, with a new entrance to the ward, bright new flooring and a makeover for the individual patient rooms and four-bedded wards.

The ARCHIE Foundation, which is the official charity of the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s, the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and the children’s ward at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, will spearhead the work in Elgin.

David Tipping, ARCHIE’s director of projects, outlined the work that will be done. He will work with local visual artist Lynne Strachan to create an interactive forest theme along the main corridor of the ward and the latest mobile and tablet technology will be used to bring the scene to life for children.

New digitally printed privacy curtains will be created for each bed space, and the winners of a competition, run in conjunction with ‘The Northern Scot’, were there to see how their photographs will be used in the final refurbishment.

Mr Tipping said that ARCHIE had been delighted by the support provided by local people and the work of the Moray Friends group in co-ordinating the appeal.

To support the work of the ARCHIE Foundation in Moray or get involved as a volunteer follow the above link or phone 01224 559 559.

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