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Bristow Staff Spruce Up Local Family Support Center

May 30, 2014

This week a team of 28 volunteers from Bristow swapped the airfield, hangar or office for a day of volunteering at Aberlour’s family service center in Old Aberdeen.

The day was part of Bristow Uplift, a global initiative aimed at making a positive difference to the communities where the company has a presence by providing time and funding to local charities and community organizations.

Aberlour is the largest Scottish children’s charity providing help to over 6,000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year. In Aberdeen, their Family Support Service provides help to children under 12, including those living with a parent with a learning disability, as well as those living in families with problems associated with alcohol or drug use.

Bristow’s team of volunteers got to work painting the center’s indoor nursery, outhouse and outdoor play equipment as well as carrying out some general gardening. Later in the day they had the opportunity to meet with some of the families who benefit from the center’s work.

Seonaid Christie, maintenance and production planner at Bristow, and coordinator of the event, said: “Aberlour provides a vital lifeline to parents and children who for whatever reason need a little extra support to stay happy and healthy. We are pleased to be able to lend a hand in this practical way. Hopefully the work the team has carried out will make the already wonderful center an even nicer place for children and their families to spend time.”

Aberlour’s senior fundraiser, Lydia Fyall, said: “On behalf of everyone at Aberlour, I want to say a huge thanks to all at Bristow for helping bring some sparkle back to our building again. Aberlour is lucky to be supported by lots of companies across Aberdeen, and volunteering days like these are one of the ways they help us.

“The children and families who use our service will especially appreciate all the hard work of Bristow’s team, and they will love coming into their freshly painted nursery and garden.”

Find out more about Aberlour by visiting www.aberlour.org.uk.