North-east oil and gas workers have raised £25,000 for Aberdeen Maternity Hospital’s neo-natal unit.
Staff at Petrofac have been fundraising for the Friends of the Special Nursery charity, which supports the centre for sick and premature newborns.
The company has been raising money through activities such as staff bake sales and a sponsored walk up Bennachie, which involved workers carrying Aberdeen wheelchair athlete Kenny Herriot to the summit.
They also raised money at the Enchanted Castle event at Crathes and instead of getting each other Christmas cards donated the money to the friends group instead.
Julie Wilson, treasurer at Friends of the Special Nursery, said: “We are so impressed with the amount of proactive fundraising and generosity from Petrofac employees that has led to this fantastic amount being raised.
“The financial support will enable us to purchase essential items from our wish-list so we can continue to support families and give fragile newborns the best possible start in life.”
Payroll manager at Petrofac Offshore Projects and Operations, Kim Kane, said: “My son Joshua was born five-and-a-half weeks premature and was rushed straight to ICU with breathing complications.
“It was a scary and emotional time for us but the neo-natal staff were absolutely tremendous and really supportive.
“It’s great to be now supporting them by helping to raise vital funds that will give other parents hope in a difficult situation.”
Petrofac’s fundraising support for the charity will continue into 2015, with the aim of paying for another item on the charity’s wish-list – a specialist Giraffe incubator.
The device combines the benefits of a traditional incubator and a radiant infant warmer, and costs about £33,000.