Many will remember that in 2014 Council staff raised an amazing £9,340.00 to support the ARCHIE Foundation and Whale and Dolphin Conservation, at the same time becoming the proud owners of Lottie the Dolphin.

This year, instead of giving Christmas cards to colleagues, staff participated in our Christmas Charity Challenge by volunteering to give a One Team donation to a worthy cause.  They were also asked to nominate a charity of their choice to receive that donation.  More than 20 charitable organisations were nominated, helping to put the spotlight on the fantastic work these organisations continue to do to support the people and communities that depend on their services.

On December 1st, it was announced that Crohn’s and Colitis UK are this year’s Christmas Charity of Choice as voted for by staff to receive our One Team donation.

In her own words team member, Megan McKinnon at our West Tullos Road Depot, spoke up for those who suffer in silence because they may not know how to talk about what they’re going through, or who they can turn to for help.  She believes that as an organisation, we can help to improve the quality of life for people affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), both patients and their families – and her peers voted that we take a closer look at this charity as the recipient of our giving.  For Megan and others like her, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are often viewed as ‘invisible illnesses’ and the contribution we can make will help improve the quality of life for people affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Coincidentally, Crohn’s and Colitis UK launched their Awareness Week on December 1st which provided an excellent way for our staff to join workplaces, schools, clubs and individuals across the UK in supporting Purple Friday on December 2nd and wear purple.  The response was amazing!

Over the 2016 Christmas season and into the New Year, you can help support our One Team donation to Crohn’s & Colitis UK, by going onto the Zone and making a donation by January 13, 2017.

Written by aberdeenccblog

Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. All views are my own.