Media Release: Hunting shows its support to the Charlie House Appeal


A LEADING energy firm has thrown its support behind one of the region’s fastest-growing charity appeals.

Hunting Energy Services has nominated Charlie House as its chosen charity for 2014 and plans to complete a number of fundraising events throughout the next 12 months in support of the organisation.

The Charlie House campaign aims to raise £8million to build a residential facility in Aberdeen which will deliver specialist care for children and young people with severe disabilities, complex health needs and life-limiting conditions.

The generous energy group has already shown its support to the charity, albeit in a different and unique way, by donating advertising space within the city’s Union Square car park to the cause.

The prominent outdoor spot will be used by the appeal and will be present within the busy area for the next two months.

Hunting managing director, Bruce Ferguson, is delighted to be able to support the charity throughout the next year.

He said: “At Hunting, we place a great importance on our corporate social responsibility and we’ve always seen willingness from our staff to get involved with our fundraising plans.

“When we were looking into what charity we would support throughout this year, we were blown away by the Charlie House story and we’re delighted to have committed to supporting the appeal for the next 12 months; it really was a decision welcomed by everyone involved with the company.

“The donation of the space in Union Square is the first of a number of things we have planned and I’m sure our staff will enjoy coming together to raise both funds and awareness for what is an incredibly worthwhile cause.”

Charlie House chairwoman Tracy Johnstone added: “We are grateful to have the generous support of Hunting for the next year. The company’s commitment will be a massive help to both our fundraising tally and to the general awareness of our campaign throughout the North-east.

“We’ve already seen an interest created by the advertising space within Union Square and we’re of course absolutely delighted that Hunting came to us with this idea. It’s a busy spot and has allowed the Charlie House name to reach a number of people who perhaps hadn’t heard of us before.”

Last year, Hunting Energy Services raised nearly £20,000 for Scottish children’s charity The Kiltwalk, with staff completing a range of different events including a six-day hike of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The company, which employs close to 400 people, were also title sponsors of the Press and Journal Energy Ball and nominated The Kiltwalk as the chosen charity of the event.

Hunting PLC is an international energy services provider which manufactures and distributes products enabling the extraction of oil and gas for some of the world’s leading companies.

Established in 1874, it is a fully-listed public company trading on the London Stock Exchange.

The global upstream activity focusing on well construction, well completion and well intervention products is co-ordinated through Hunting Energy Services (International) Limited, based at Portlethen, near Aberdeen.

For further information about Hunting please visit www.huntingplc.com

Charlie House will be an innovative facility featuring bedrooms with specialist beds and hoisting capability, parent and family accommodation, therapy rooms, sensory rooms and outside play areas.

There are currently no such facilities in the North-east, with people from the region having either no appropriate breaks or travelling to Kinross for hospice support.

The Charlie House committee is made up of a group of professionals and parents who have personally experienced extreme difficulties in accessing appropriate planned respite care or sort breaks for them and their children.

For further information, please visit www.charliehouse.org.uk

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