Bidding closing soon for festive auction – Charity PR
FAMILIES and businesses in Aberdeenshire have just hours remaining to bid for one of eight spectacular Christmas trees that will help support a beloved local charity.
The ARCHIE Foundation will close its week-long online auction today (30 NOV) at 8pm, when the highest bidders at that moment will each be announced as the new owners of their nine-foot tree.
Each one has been sponsored by organisations from across the region – and money raised will enable the charity to continue providing its support for babies, children and families in the north of Scotland.
In addition to the eight trees up for auction, a rainbow-themed Oor Wullie statue has also been made available to buy, with its decoration made especially significant given the link to the NHS which The ARCHIE Foundation supports in Grampian, Highlands and Tayside.
Lynne Brooks, gifts and donations manager, said: “Like with any auction, it’s always at its most exciting in the moments before it comes to a close.
“We hope to see some competitive last-gasp bidding today. Those that are successful won’t just get a spectacular tree, but will be bettering the potential outcomes of the region’s young people and their families.
“We’re already thrilled with the response this project has had from the local community. It’s been really heart-warming during what has been a difficult year for us, like all charities, to raise funds.”
The trees are made by The Christmas Decorators, a leading maker of artificial trees and were dressed by a variety of companies who sponsored and decorated them in themes of their choice, with opening bids set at £100. The charity is organising free delivery and installation to anywhere within Aberdeen City boundaries.
Included in the selection is a tree sponsored by Aberdeen Football Club with signed memorabilia. Further trees have been donated by The Aberdeen Clinic Healthcare (gold sponsor), Texo, Hampton, Overbury, Tendeka, The Christmas Decorators and Mackie’s Chocolate.
Following a plea issued in October, thousands of knitted and crocheted rainbows in recognition of the NHS have been mailed in from across Scotland for The ARCHIE Foundation and hung on The Thank You NHS Rainbow Tree. A further “Memory, thanks and hope tree” sponsored by trustees of The ARCHIE Foundation will be been adorned with personal messages from members of the public and both these will remain at Marischal Square until the end of December.
The ARCHIE Foundation provides a wide range of support and services for babies, children and their families across the north and north east of Scotland with offices at Ninewells, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Raigmore. The charity also encompasses Friends of the Neonatal Unit, based at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, and Grampian Child Bereavement Network, a service which supports children who have lost a loved one.
To view the lots and bid at the auction, please visit: https://archie.org/christmas-tree-auction/
For more information on The ARCHIE Foundation, please visit: www.archie.org
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