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Charlie House Awards Gold Patron Status to CNOOC International

​Charlie House has recognised global energy company CNOOC International for its incredible support of our Big Build Appeal by awarding them gold level status within our Big Build Patron Programme.

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Big Build Appeal Update

Paving the way to our specialist support centre!

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Family Business supports Charlie House through Aberdeen’s Rollercoaster Weather

Codona's Amusement Park partners with Charlie House to spread joy to families beyond Christmas

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Platinum seal of approval for Charlie House founder

Just a day after the announcement of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Charlie House founder Tracy Johnstone was named as a national Platinum Champion.

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Charlie House volunteers receive Queen’s Award

Volunteers at Charlie House are celebrating the news today that they’ve received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

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Children’s Charity Expands Services Thanks to Local Businesses

Charlie House announces move to provide accessible services to North East families

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Charlie House Celebrates North East Mums in Style

Local Charity Charlie House hosts their first large-scale in-person event in almost 3 years

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Volunteer Spotlight - Ruth

Bringing the Charlie House experience to shoppers through dedicated volunteering!

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Staff Spotlight – Jenna

Meet Jenna, Corporate Fundraising Coordinator at Charlie House!

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Our Work in Action: Helping Families at Christmas

Find out about how our services team help the families that Charlie House supports through the pressures of winter and the festive season.

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Staff Spotlight - Ivana

Meet Ivana, Event Fundraising Coordinator at Charlie House!

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Charity Announces Return of The Apprentice-Style Challenge for Local Businesses in 2022

​Charlie House challenges local businesses to invest £100 in an 8-week challenge to raise funds for local families.

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Make a Bid, Change a Life

Local charity Charlie House encourages the people of North-East Scotland to bid on prizes to help change the lives of families

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​ Our Work in Action – December 2021

This December, Charlie House's services team have worked hard to bring festive cheer to families at what can often be a difficult time of year.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteering at Christmas Time with Charlie House Volunteer Lynne!

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International Day of People with Disabilities Statement

Chief Executive Louise Andrew talks about the ongoing and profound impact of Covid-19 on families across North-East Scotland.

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Making Memories with Charlie House

​“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr Suess

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Aberdeen Charity Receives Donation From Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Charlie House receives donation from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation towards equipment for families.

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Santa flies into town with a host of magical surprises guaranteed to bring festive cheer to the North East

Santa Claus arrives at Aberdeen Airport to launch his workshop in Bon Accord Aberdeen in aid of Charlie House!

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​Fields of Joy

How one man’s sunflower field is changing the lives of families within the North-East of Scotland.

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CNOOC International Donate Five-Figure Sum to Charlie House

Charlie House announces CNOOC International have donated an incredible £16,000 towards their vital work providing support and activities to families in the North-East of Scotland.

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Runners go the distance for Charlie House

Four fundraisers run over 80 miles from Source to Sea of the River Dee in aid of Charlie House and sporting facilities in Banchory.

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Rotary Clubs, Bon Accord and Gillanders Motors Partnership Set To Raise Vital Funds for Aberdeen Children’s Charity

Charlie House and the Rotary Clubs of Aberdeen, in partnership with Gillanders Motors and Bon Accord Aberdeen, announces District Annual Raffle in aid of the charity and it's work with babies, children and young people.

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Local Charity Celebrate as its Big Build Appeal Reaches £3.6m

North-east charity Charlie House, which supports babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families, is celebrating today (Wednesday 23 June 2021) as its year-end results reveal that its Big Build Appeal pot has reached an incredible £3.6 million, just short of the halfway point in their fundraising campaign.

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North-East Encouraged To ‘Vouch For Charlie House’ This Summer

Charlie House launches a alternative gift voucher scheme during Children's Hospice week which will support their services team.

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My Role As Charlie House Children’s Community Nurse

In her own words, Charlie House Children's Community Nurse Fiona Fairley tells us about her role supporting babies, children and young people and their families.

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Curated Aberdeen’s Opening Weekend Hailed a Success

1,900 people visit new city centre retail offering over 3 days!

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Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

How The Charlie House Holiday Activities Helps to Make Those Summer Days Less Crazy

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Aberdeen’s ReCHarge Café ReOpens

Charlie House announces that ReCHarge Café, located in the Upper Mall of Bon Accord Aberdeen, is set to reopen on Monday the 7th of June.

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Volunteering: The Diversity of a Charlie House Volunteer

As Charlie House celebrates Volunteers' Week 2021, we look at our diverse volunteer roles and the way in which these have adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Apache Donate Five-Figure Sum In Support Of Charlie House Big Build Appeal

Apache's Bond Committee donates £50,000 to Charlie House to support their Big Build Appeal and the creation of the Counselling Room within the specialist support centre.

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Lands’ End To John o’ Groats On A Scooter

Derek Mitchell Is Hitting The Road In Support Of Charlie House!

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New City Centre Market Set To Support Local Producers & Charitable Cause

The Curated Aberdeen market launches in the Bon Accord Centre in Aberdeen on the 4th of June 2021, offering a range of local producers, in support of charity Charlie House.

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The Role of an Activities Coordinator in Lockdown

The role of Activities Coordinator has changed drastically over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic due to ongoing restrictions.

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Local Runner Takes on Massive 2021 Challenge for Charity

Local runner Thomas McRobbie takes on a huge 2021 themed challenge in aid of Charlie House and CLAN.

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Charlie House and ELM Music Therapy bring music to families during lockdown

Charlie House’s partnership with ELM Music Therapy has continued over lockdown to bring musical fun into the homes of the families we support.

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Local Charity Calls On Golfers To Compete In Impressive Summer Solstice Golf Challenge

Charlie House challenges keen golfers to get involved in a huge golfing challenge this summer.

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Volunteering: Using my skills to support Charlie House

Charlie House volunteer Roisin shares her experiences working alongside and supporting the charity.

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Charlie House provides sensory fun for families

With Covid restrictions still in place a year on, we have been finding new and creative ways of providing sensory activities to the families we support during lockdown.

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Children’s Charity Secures Vital Funding For Bereavement Support Services

Charlie House announced today (Thursday 11th March 2021) that it has secured vital funds from The Cruach Trust towards its bereavement support service.

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Charity Celebrates With WOOD Charity Partnership Announcement & Big Build Pledge of £75,000

Charlie House is celebrating today (5th March 2021) after global engineering and consulting company Wood announced it has selected the Aberdeen-based charity as a charity partner for 2021. The company has pledged to raise funds towards the Charlie House Therapeutic Play Area as part of the charity’s Big Build Appeal.

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Music in Hospitals Supports Charlie House Virtually

​Music speaks to people in so many ways and in such a variety of different forms. It can spark memories or moments in time, and often the lyrics of a song seem like they have been written just for you.

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My Lockdown - Joanne Jamieson

Read local mum Joanne Jamieson's personal account of lockdown and how Charlie House has supported her family. Thank you to Joanne for sharing her thoughts with us.

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Supporting Families During Lockdown

With Scotland back under tightened lockdown restrictions we spoke to Charlie House Children & Family Support Manager Leigh Ryrie and Chief Executive Louise Andrew about the profound impact these restrictions have on the families we support.

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Planning Permission Secured for Children’s Specialist Support Centre

Charlie House, a local children’s charity today (Thursday 26th November) announces that it has secured planning permission for the Charlie House Specialist Support Centre.

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North-east Urged To “Think Christmas….Think Charlie House” As Children’s Charity Launches Christmas Campaign

Local children’s charity Charlie House today (Tuesday 17th November 2020) urges the North-east to ‘Think Christmas….Think Charlie House’ as it launches its Christmas campaign.

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Hundreds of Santas to take on virtual run for Charlie House

Charlie House is inviting walkers, joggers and runners to take part in its Virtual Santa Fun Run on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.

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Charlie House Launch 2nd Apprentice-style Challenge To Local Businesses To Support Big Build Appeal

Venture 2021 - Registration Now Open!

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VIP Airport Arrival Heralds Opening of Festive Workshop for Families

Staff at Aberdeen International Airport were in for a surprise today when a very important person made his way through international arrivals.

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Emergency Appeal Set To Strike A Chord with North-east Listeners

North-east charity Charlie House today (Friday 11th September) launches a second emergency fundraiser appeal to highlight the need for funding towards its vital services.

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Rotary Clubs and Bon Accord Partnership Set To Raise Vital Funds for Aberdeen Children’s Charity

Aberdeen-based children’s charity Charlie House today (Tuesday 1st September 2020) announces the launch of the Rotary Clubs of Aberdeen and District Annual Raffle, in partnership with Bon Accord Aberdeen.

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Team Charlie House Gratefully Receive Surprise Donation

The team at Charlie House were delighted to accept a cheque for £2500 from Dr Nelson Ying, Baron of Balquhain.

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Charlie House Appoints New CEO to Support Growth As Charity Moves Towards Big Build

Aberdeen-based children’s charity Charlie House today (Tuesday 21st July 2020) announces it has welcomed Louise Andrew to the team as Chief Executive Officer.

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Getting Back to Basics: A Guide to Foundation Training

When you talk about the foundations of something, be it a building or the beliefs that something is started on, we think about strength. But what about your physical self, your foundation and what supports everything else?

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 12

Test Your General Knowledge In Our Weekly Tea Break Quiz!

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Children's Hospice Week 2020: This is...Our Dream

To recognise Children’s Hospice Week (22nd-28th June) we want to share some stories about how Charlie House helps and supports local families, now and in the future.

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Children's Hospice Week 2020: This is...Our Lending Library

To recognise Children’s Hospice Week (22nd-28th June) we want to share some stories about how Charlie House helps and supports local families, now and in the future.

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Di's Story

Today we are highlighting the story of Di Bumpus and her family, which she has so kindly shared with us and the Evening Express. As part of a series of stories marking Children’s Hospice Week, Di has written beautifully about her family’s experience with Charlie House.

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Children's Hospice Week 2020: This is...Our Sensory Activities

To recognise Children’s Hospice Week (22nd-28th June) we want to share some stories about how Charlie House helps and supports local families, now and in the future.

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Children's Hospice Week 2020: This is...Our Team

To recognise Children’s Hospice Week (22nd-28th June) we want to share some stories about how Charlie House helps and supports local families, now and in the future.

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Children's Hospice Week 2020: This Is...Our Story

To recognise Children’s Hospice Week (22nd-28th June) we want to share some stories about how Charlie House helps and supports local families, now and in the future.

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 11

Test Your General Knowledge In Our Weekly Tea Break Quiz!

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Friday Tea Break Quiz - Week 10

Test Your General Knowledge In Our Weekly Tea Break Quiz!

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Leidos donates laptops to local charities and schoolchildren

Leidos has donated 35 laptops to help two local charities and Aberdeen City Council's education services team overcome challenges posed by Covid-19. Of which 10 laptops have been donated to support staff and young people at Charlie House.

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Local Charity Thanks The North-east for The Gift Of Time

Charlie House today (Monday 1st June) joins charities across the UK by participating in Volunteers’ Week to thank our amazing volunteers for giving the gift of time.

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Friday Tea Break Quiz - Week 9

Test Your General Knowledge In Our Weekly Tea Break Quiz!

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Friday Tea Break Quiz - Week 8

Test your general knowledge in our regular Charlie House tea break quiz!

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 7

Test your general knowledge in our regular Charlie House Tea Break Quiz!

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Charlie House Launches SOS Text Campaign

Support Our Services - We need you North-east!

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Kiltwalk provides funding boost to Charlie House

We are delighted to be one of more than 150 north-east charities to share a much-needed cash boost, thanks to the Aberdeen Kiltwalk.

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 6

Test your general knowledge in our regular Charlie House Tea Break Quiz!

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 5

Test your general knowledge in our regular Charlie House Tea Break Quiz!

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 4

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 3

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Kids Scavenger Hunt

Have fun with our Charlie House Indoor Scavenger Hunt

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Kids Worksheet

Have fun with our Charlie House Kids Worksheet

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Friday Tea Break Quiz: Week 1

Test your general knowledge in our Charlie House Tea Break Quiz

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COVID-19

Following the rapidly changing situation in regard to the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the families it supports, Charlie House has made the decision to cancel all family activities until July, including its Kielder short break stay in April.

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The Importance of Child's Play

When an everyday doll becomes something far greater.

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Bon Accord and Charlie House Launch New Charity Partnership With Family Fun Takeover Weekend

Aberdeen shopping centre, Bon Accord and local children’s charity Charlie House are set to embark upon a new charity partnership.

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Aberdeenshire Company Smashes £10,000 Fundraising Target

A leading provider of innovative asset cleaning and decontamination solutions smashed its target to raise £10,000 for charity during 2019 - and has pledged to continue efforts into 2020.

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Sign up to 1,000 Mile Challenge

Charlie House is encouraging people across the North-east to walk, run, swim or cycle 1,000 miles during 2020.

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Families Enjoy Festive Party with Charlie House

On Sunday 8th December Charlie House welcomed 195 children, siblings, parents and carers to its annual Christmas Party. The party is open to all the families who are receiving support from the charity to attend.

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Annual Ball raises incredible six-figure sum for Big Build Project

Charlie House welcomed almost 500 people to its black-tie Big Build Ball at the P&J Live on Friday 6th December to raise funds for its Big Build Appeal.

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Sponsors Support Ball in aid of Charlie House

Charlie House is thrilled to confirm the gold and silver sponsors for its annual Big Build Ball.

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Charlie House will go to the ball thanks to Brimmond Group

Charlie House has secured a generous title sponsorship of £4,000 for the Big Build Ball from local engineering solutions experts Brimmond Group.

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Hundreds of Santas to help open Aberdeen's Christmas celebrations

Hundreds of Charlie House Santas will descend on Union Street in November as part of this year’s ‘Christmas in Aberdeen’ opening celebrations.

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Charlie House Calls on Volunteers to Give the Gift of Time

Charlie House is calling on people of the North-east to give the gift of time.

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Hotel Trust Donates Five Figure Sum to Charlie House

​The Crerar Trust has awarded a generous £10,000 grant to Charlie House.

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Families Enjoy Beach Day With Charlie House

​Charlie House and Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs have worked together to organise a family day out as part of Charlie House’s family activities programme.

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Changing Places Awareness Day

Find out why Changing Places are such important facilities.

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ReCHarge Issue 5 - SUMMER EDITION OUT NOW!

Check out issue 5 of our free quarterly publication!

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RGC Year 3 Students Press 'Paws' for Promotional Film for ReCHarge Café

Watch the group’s final film edit here....

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Charlie House nurse talks of job delights

As part of our #momentsthatmatter series, in partnership with Together for Short Lives and recognising Children's Hospice Week, we are sharing the story of our Community Nurse Fiona. 

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New Changing Space Officially Open in ReCHarge Café, Bon Accord Centre

Changing Space within Recharge Café in the Bon Accord Centre Upper Mall is now open for use.

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Charlie House Set To Shine Bright Thanks To Launch of New Jewellery Range

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our bespoke jewellery range, exclusively designed and produced by Ortak and supported and displayed by local jeweller Sinclairs of Inverurie. 

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Local Charity Celebrate as Six-Figure Trades Widow Fund Charity Donation Takes Appeal To Over £2million Mark

Charlie House is celebrating today (Tuesday 30th April 2019) following a substantial donation of £400,000 from the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, via its Trades Widow Fund Charity. The generous donation, which is the single biggest donation in the history of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, will go towards funding the specialist support centre’s spa pool area which will feature in the new building.

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ReCHarge Issue 4 - OUT NOW!

Check out issue 4 of our free quarterly publication.

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Funding Order of Day

Local charity Charlie House is set to open ReCHarge Café in Aberdeen's Bon Accord Centre in Spring 2019.

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20k Boost For Charlie

Local charity Charlie House receives £20,000 donation from shipping firm Clarksons Platou.

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Making & Breaking news

Charlie House Awards Gold Patron Status to CNOOC International

July 28, 2022

​Charlie House has recognised global energy company CNOOC International for its incredible support of our Big Build Appeal by awarding them gold level status within our Big Build Patron Programme.

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Middleton Trust Ellon Road Races

Sunday September 18th 2022 - the Ellon Road Races organised by the Middleton Trust are back in 2022, supporting Charlie House and other local charities.

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Loch Ness Marathon

Sunday 2nd of October 2022 - Running the heart and soul of Inverness

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