The ARCHIE Highland office opened its doors on the 18th March 2011. A £1m campaign was launched to redevelop the Children’s Ward at Raigmore. The facility has truly excellent staff but the condition of the ward did not match up and facilities for both children and their parents were old fashioned and tired.
Our campaign was to last two years, but then something incredible happened…
Just 18 months into the campaign The ARCHIE Foundation reached the target of £1m. The people of the Highlands had shown how much they wanted better facilities for local children when they were sick by heavily supporting our plans. This huge volume and outpouring of support also made our partners, NHS Highland, take note and discussions began during the summer of 2012 to see if the project could be extended beyond the new ward. Through consultation about the project with our partners at NHS Highland, the opportunity of taking over Ward 11 arose, in which we could create a new Highland Children’s Unit. To achieve this, the fundraising target was raised to £2m.
On the 25th of March 2016 we were overjoyed to announce that through the continued support of the Highland community, trust fund donations and local businesses we reached the £2m appeal target which enabled phases 1 and 2 of the New Highland Children's Unit to open in May 2016.
The support meant a world class facility opened its doors to look after sick children throughout the Highlands and Western Isles. By giving children their own front door at the hospital, we have been able to transform the whole experience of being ill. Thanks to our amazing supporters, the staff now have a facility they can enjoy working in, the children a facility that takes the fear out of being in hospital and their parents a facility that helps take away some of the stress, and many of the problems, of having a sick child in hospital.
The ARCHIE Foundation Highlands is here to stay and continue its fundraising journey to offer the new Highland Children’s Unit ongoing support to ensure it is equipped with up-to-date facilities and cutting-edge technology. Supporting the patients, parents and staff of this wonderful, world class facility.
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If you would like to support ARCHIE Highlands and make a donation you can do so by sending a cheque to The Archie Foundation, Raigmore Hospital, Old Perth Road, Inverness, IV2 3UJ
A HUGE Thank You to everyone who has organised events, attended events & donated to ARCHIE Highland! Your support means everything!
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