Our New Office in the City





The charity responsible for the ambitious fundraising campaign to create the unique Charlie House children’s respite care centre has celebrated its first birthday with the gift of a new home thanks to the generosity of an Aberdeen company.

Maritime Assurance and Consulting (MAC) has provided Charlie House with rent-free office accommodation to establish its first administrative base in the city.

The charity, which marked its first anniversary at the weekend, has been formed with the aim of delivering a residential facility in the north-east to deliver specialist care for children and young people with severe disabilities, complex health needs and life limiting conditions. The £8million appeal has generated huge support since its official launch in January last year, both from individuals and groups as well as the business community.

MAC has been among the companies to rally behind the Charlie House plans and has strengthened its links to the cause for 2014 by providing vital office space within its own headquarters on Skene Street, Aberdeen.

Tracy Johnstone, chairwoman of Charlie House, said: “Since the official launch of the charity last year there has been an enormous amount of work done to lay the foundations. Establishing a dedicated Charlie House office was a big part of that process and we’re delighted to be going into the New Year with that now in place.

“The support MAC has provided is incredible and everyone connected with the Charlie House appeal is very grateful. We are all looking forward to putting our new home to good use as we drive forward with our plans for 2014.”

The charity’s committee is made up of a group of professionals and parents who have personally experienced extreme difficulties in accessing appropriate planned respite care or short breaks for them and their children. The year ahead will see the fundraising effort continue as the organisation builds upon the success of 2013.


Graeme Reid, managing director of MAC, said: “We have supported Charlie House as part of our CSR programme this year and have been bowled over by the dedication and determination of Tracy and her team. Everyone at MAC was keen to do more to help and when we discovered an office was required it was an easy decision to offer accommodation.

“The Charlie House appeal has touched the hearts of so many people and we’re pleased to be able to play a part in what promises to be a very special journey for the committee and the charity’s supporters.”

The provision of office accommodation for Charlie House, which has been chosen as the firm’s chosen charity for fundraising and donations, rounds off a year of CSR activity for MAC. Community projects have included the sponsorship of the His Majesty’s Theatre pantomime, support for grass roots football and an official link with Gilcomstoun School.


Founded in 2011, MAC provides consultancy and support services to the worldwide marine, construction, drilling and floating production industries. The firm was recently ranked fourth in a prestigious index of the best new British businesses, as one of only five Scottish organisations to earn a place in the 2013 Startups 100 list.

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 facilities in the North-east, with families from the region having either no appropriate breaks from caring or those with life-shortening conditions having to travel to Kinross for hospice support.  Further details on the appeal are available at www.charliehouse.org.uk or www.facebook.com/CharlieHouseAppeal.




Issued on behalf of Maritime Assurance and Consulting (MAC) and Charlie House by Citrus:Mix. For further information contact Paul Smith or Paul Beaton on 01224 439990 or email paul.smith@citrusmix.com .




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