2022, let's go!

20 January 2022

2022, let's go!

We're so pleased to see events making a comeback for 2022, and would love to see you at the starting line in one of our teddy tees!

Run Garioch is a …

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We're so pleased to see events making a comeback for 2022, and would love to see you at the starting line in one of our teddy tees!

Run Garioch is a 5K, 10K or half marathon around Inverurie on May 15.

Ride the North is a one-day cycling event starting and finishing in Elgin on August 27. We've got team spaces, and would love to help you accomplish the challenge. We'll cover the registration fee and are asking riders to raise a minimum of £150 for us.

To find out more, email info@fotnw.org

Berlin Marathon: Run Shane, Run!

2 August 2021

Berlin Marathon: Run Shane, Run!

While we've been enjoying the Olympics from the comfort of our couch, fundraiser Shane Thompson has been pounding the streets in preparation for the Berlin Marathon!Shane caught the running bug after recovering …

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While we've been enjoying the Olympics from the comfort of our couch, fundraiser Shane Thompson has been pounding the streets in preparation for the Berlin Marathon!

Shane caught the running bug after recovering from subdural empyema (an abscess on the brain caused by a sinus infection). In 2014, he spent time on W205 after undergoing a craniotomy and wants to raise money to help other neuro patients.

It's an incredible effort and we wish him all the best. Can't wait to see the pictures of him cross that finish line - especially since the event was postponed last year due to Covid.

Jake returns to the ward - with a special thank you

16 June 2021

Jake returns to the ward - with a special thank you

Jake Summers was rushed to hospital with a serious head injury following a crash last year.Now he and his mum, Laura, have been visiting those who saved his life - including the …

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Jake Summers was rushed to hospital with a serious head injury following a crash last year.

Now he and his mum, Laura, have been visiting those who saved his life - including the team at W205 and the rehab unit at Woodend.
Staff were delighted to welcome him back, and he handed over a cheque for £560 to both. Other units at ARI - including resus, surgical high dependency and intensive care have also received a boost, along with those who got him there, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The family raised the funds by selling friendship badges on their Forever Friends page, selling lucky squares and even embarking on a 10,000 steps a day challenge last month.
Thank you so much for your efforts, and we hope you keep surprising your doctors Jake!

Colleen's Superfans complete Run Garioch

9 June 2021

Colleen's Superfans complete Run Garioch

We're constantly inspired by our supporters, and Colleen's Superfans are no exception. This incredible bunch came together in honour of nurse Colleen Mair, who suffered several brain haemorrhages in 2018/19 and spent …

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We're constantly inspired by our supporters, and Colleen's Superfans are no exception.

This incredible bunch came together in honour of nurse Colleen Mair, who suffered several brain haemorrhages in 2018/19 and spent time on W205 and the rehab unit at Woodend.

They all signed up for Run Garioch (Dandara 10K) last year, but it was cancelled due to Covid. It went virtual in May this year however, and they smashed it!

Even better, Colleen herself managed to complete 10K walk with her dad too. As her best friend Alyson - another nurse - said, "Maybe it was a blessing the run was delayed and she could take part".

Scott Mair, Greig Mair, Leanne Smith, Alyson Thomson, Colin Greig, Kelly Cheyne, Mark Lamont, Colleen Black, Lynsey Dalgarno, Kacey Rennie, James Finn, Debbie Castles, Karen Soppitt you are all amazing... Thank you for raising £3,891.25 for us!

Kiltwalk regular Sally Adam urges people to sign up to make a big difference, one step at a time

28 March 2021

Kiltwalk regular Sally Adam urges people to sign up to make a big difference, one step at a time

When Sally Adam set off for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk in 2017, she had never heard of Friends of the Neuro Ward.
But while she was walking to Potarch, her father Doug …

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When Sally Adam set off for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk in 2017, she had never heard of Friends of the Neuro Ward.

But while she was walking to Potarch, her father Doug had been raced to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare condition that affects the nerves and can, in some cases, result in paralysis.

After his initial treatment at the neuro ward at ARI, Doug was transferred to the rehab unit at Woodend Hospital where the dedicated team got him moving and helped him learn to walk again.

Determined to thank the staff, Sally signed up for the Edinburgh Kiltwalk the following year.

Shortly afterwards, she found out about Friends of the Neuro Ward’s work to improve facilities for patients at Woodend and ARI and decided to pull on her walking boots again – this time, signing up for four Kiltwalks with her partner Mike Gibbon.

Together they completed the Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow routes in the summer of 2019 and raised an incredible £3,000.

Now the couple is preparing to take part in the first ever virtual Kiltwalk, which runs from April 23-25.

Walkers can set their own route, and distance, this year and all the money they raise will be topped up by up to 50% by the Hunter Foundation, enabling charities of all sizes to make a big difference.

Sally, who runs her own cafe in Portlethen, told anyone thinking about taking part to sign up and promised it would give them a “great sense of accomplishment”.

“We really like the challenge of the Kiltwalk, and the fact that whatever we raise is topped up by 50% is a big incentive,” she said.

“At a usual Kiltwalk there’s a brilliant atmosphere, everyone is so friendly. We loved the Glasgow one especially as people were lining the streets to cheer us on.

“The sense of accomplishment at the end is good, and the fact you can pick any charity that’s close to your heart makes it even better.”

The couple plan to walk from their home in Echt to Sally’s Cafe and have already increased their regular walks in preparation.

Sally however, is no stranger to big walks – having conquered both Mount Kilimanjaro and Ben Nevis for charity.

“I started big and have worked my way back down,” she laughed. “But we really like the Kiltwalks and supporting a smaller charity.”

To sign up for the Kiltwalk on our behalf, visit https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk and search for Friends of the Neuro Ward.

Fundraise for us in 2021

22 March 2021

Fundraise for us in 2021

Like so many other charities, our fundraising took an real hit in 2020 due to the pandemic. We've been so lucky that our supporters have stuck by us, and can't thank them …

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Like so many other charities, our fundraising took an real hit in 2020 due to the pandemic. We've been so lucky that our supporters have stuck by us, and can't thank them enough. This has allowed us to buy various pieces of equipment for the ward - from music speakers and new games and puzzles (to while away the time when no visitors have been allowed) to a special mattress and recliner chairs.

As things begin to ease over the coming few months, we're looking forward to getting back out there - alongside our mascot Buddy, of course! Do you fancy getting involved?

The Kiltwalk is going virtual this year, and we'd be thrilled to see you pounding the streets on our behalf. It runs over the weekend of April 23-25 and you can walk/skip/hop/boogie how far you want, where you want. Every penny raised will be topped up by 50% thanks to Sir Tom Hunter. We also have places at Ride the North and would love you to be on the first ever FOTNW team! Given the uncertainty of things just now, organiser Neil has come up with a couple of contingency plans but as things stand, there are three routes to choose from. These are 100km, 140km and 180km through some of the best north-east scenery, setting off from Huntly on July 24.

We're covering the registration fee, and simply asking our riders to raise a minimum of £150. We'll supply you with a T-shirt and water bottle, and all the support we can.

To find out about more about either event - or to let us know about your own fundraising idea - please email info@fotnw.org or send us a message on Facebook.

7 February 2021

Orkney Rotary Club's Valentines Giveaway

Spread a little love this Valentine's Day by taking part in Orkney Rotary Club's Lucky Number competition. For just £2 a number, you could win a fruit cake, prosecco, roses and a …

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Spread a little love this Valentine's Day by taking part in Orkney Rotary Club's Lucky Number competition.

For just £2 a number, you could win a fruit cake, prosecco, roses and a card. You can find out more, or enter, here.

Thank you for raising funds to help patients on the ward!

Paws Across Scotland

31 December 2020

Paws Across Scotland

Sign up today for our latest fundraiser, Paws Across Scotland. Throughout January, we're aiming to clock up the 255.3 miles from Aberdeen to Orkney, where our founder Caroline stays. We've picked a …

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Sign up today for our latest fundraiser, Paws Across Scotland.

Throughout January, we're aiming to clock up the 255.3 miles from Aberdeen to Orkney, where our founder Caroline stays.

We've picked a route that reflects the distance the patients we support come from, and hope you'll join us in getting 2021 off to a paws-itive start!

Simply sign up here

You just need to send us your weekly mile count for us to add it to our tracker, and of course - plenty of pictures of you and your pooches.

If you don't have a dog, we'd still love you to take part.

Vote in our Best Borders Competition

19 November 2020

Vote in our Best Borders Competition

Voting is now open for our Best Borders Competition, which is raising money for our therapy garden appeal for the rehab unit at Woodend Hospital. We are thrilled with the entries we …

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Voting is now open for our Best Borders Competition, which is raising money for our therapy garden appeal for the rehab unit at Woodend Hospital.

We are thrilled with the entries we received - you can vote for your favourite by viewing them here - but you best be quick, voting closes on Monday, November 23.

Thanks to Beechgrove's Jim McColl for being our judge - he'll pick two winners out the 10 gardens that receive most votes.

Best Garden Border Competition

28 October 2020

Best Garden Border Competition

Help us add a splash of colour to the lives of neurological patients by taking part in our latest competition! All you need to do is send us a photograph of your …

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Help us add a splash of colour to the lives of neurological patients by taking part in our latest competition!

All you need to do is send us a photograph of your garden border and then vote for your favourites. See poster for full details.

Jim McColl, of The Beechgrove Garden, is our special judge for this fundraiser, with all money going towards our Woodend Hospital Therapy Garden Appeal.

Neuro Therapy Garden Appeal

14 June 2020

Neuro Therapy Garden Appeal

We need your help.... Friends of the Neuro Ward is looking to raise £250,000 for a therapy garden at Woodend Hospital. The garden has been designed by the award winning garden designer …

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We need your help.... Friends of the Neuro Ward is looking to raise £250,000 for a therapy garden at Woodend Hospital. The garden has been designed by the award winning garden designer & broadcaster James Alexander-Sinclair.

The garden will create a space for patients & their families to get away from the unit. We hope it will also become a tranquil spot for patients to reflect on how far they have come as they prepare to leave hospital.

If you would like to fundraise specifically for this appeal, please let us know when signing up to an event

You can keep up to date here https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Neuro-Therapy-Garden-1213932668781811/

Get in touch with us

T. 07515 349890
E. info@fotnw.org

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