Local Youth Visit Bristow after Fundraising Push
March 06, 2014
On March 1, 2014, a group of lucky children along with their parents visited Bristow Helicopters Ltd’s training base in Dyce to accept a donation on behalf of Aberdeenshire charity the Parents Advisory Group for Education and Socialisation, more commonly known as PAGES.
Accompanied by their parents Greg Leighton (17), Andrew Milne (16), Bradley Thompson (11) and Ryan Ellington (10), all of whom have additional support needs, were given a tour of Bristow’s state-of-the-art simulator hall before taking a flight in one of the simulators.
“We always seek to support local organizations which are making a difference within our community and were more than happy to donate the funds raised from the cookbook sale to such a worthy, local cause.”
In support of the charity Bristow employees raised the sum of over £400 by developing and selling the Bristow Cookbook, a collection of Bristow employee’s favorite recipes gathered from around the world. The book was sold from the company’s global offices, with each choosing a local charity to support. The Aberdeen team’s choice, PAGES, was founded in 2002 and provides after school and holiday activities for children with additional support needs and their siblings and offers support and information to their parents and careers.
Alison Leighton, who accepted the donation on behalf of PAGES, said: “We are delighted that the people at Bristow were kind enough to raise funds for our group. The donation will be used towards offering families in the group a six week block of free swimming sessions at Ellon Swimming Pool, allowing the whole family to enjoy the activity together.
“As well as developing a program of summer holiday activities for the young people our key objective for 2014 is to increase the support we provide to fathers by starting up new activities encouraging them to meet one another and benefit from peer support.”
Mike Imlach, European business unit director at Bristow Helicopters, said: “We are aware of the fantastic work that PAGES does in the community to provide much needed support to many children and their families. We always seek to support local organizations which are making a difference within our community and were more than happy to donate the funds raised from the cookbook sale to such a worthy, local cause.”