Meet Buddy: Winner of Name Our Bear competition revealed

22 December 2020

Meet Buddy: Winner of Name Our Bear competition revealed

We're thrilled to announce the name of our new mascot bear following our recent competition. Buddy can't wait to meet you at an event soon - check out the moment his name …

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We're thrilled to announce the name of our new mascot bear following our recent competition.

Buddy can't wait to meet you at an event soon - check out the moment his name was revealed here.

Congratulations to Sanvi, 10, from Cornhill Primary School in Aberdeen for her winning suggestion. She wins £100 book vouchers for the school, donated by Garage Door Automation and Repair, and a trampoline voucher for herself.

A massive thank you to all who took part - none of us could have imagined we launched the competition that all the schools would shut, so a big shout out to all those who managed to get their entries to us!

Christmas Appeal

2 December 2020

Christmas Appeal

Can you help us bring a smile to the neuro patients spending Christmas in hospital this year? Every year, we delivers stockings to those on Wards 204 and 205 at ARI and …

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Can you help us bring a smile to the neuro patients spending Christmas in hospital this year?

Every year, we delivers stockings to those on Wards 204 and 205 at ARI and the rehab unit at Woodend Hospital.

We're always blown away by the donations we receive.

This year, we've created an online wish list for Covid reasons, and hope you'll help us bring a smile to patients once again!

Any donation from our list will be greatly appreciated. This year, our volunteers won't be able to deliver the goodies personally on Christmas Eve - but the fabulous staff on the ward are looking forward to doing the honours on our behalf!

Remember, if you sign up to Amazon Smile you can pick us to benefit - meaning we'll also get a cash donation on top of your stocking goodies.

Therapy Garden Update

19 November 2020

Therapy Garden Update

We're still working on our plans to create a therapy garden at the rehab unit at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen. All through lockdown, our co-chairs Caroline and Shona kept saying they wished …

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We're still working on our plans to create a therapy garden at the rehab unit at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen.

All through lockdown, our co-chairs Caroline and Shona kept saying they wished the garden was in place so that patients could get out of the ward at a time when visitors were restricted.

Now we're even more determined to raise the final £50,000 - but we need your help!

Garden Now and Soon

The project

With the support of renowned garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair, we have a wonderful plan to transform the tired, existing garden at Woodend Hospital into a space of tranquility and refuge for patients.

The space, inspired by Horatio's Gardens for NHS patients with spinal injuries in Glasgow, will be accessible to all patients and and their families, and has been designed to meet their needs.

It'll be a colourful, relaxing space with intertwining paths wide enough for bed-bound patients and those in wheelchairs to move around.

We'll also have a garden therapist available

Our fantastic supporters have already raised £100,000 - if you can help with this last push of fundraising, we could get digging.

Why do we want to build a garden?

It is universally recognised that gardens and gardening have a beneficial effect on both mental and physical well-being.

Patients from ARI's neuro wards 204 and 205 are often transferred to Woodend to receive further care at the rehabilitation ward at Woodend.

The ward serves Grampian, the Highlands and islands, and with these patients being so far from home, making the hospital environment even more important.

The healing process can be a long one, taking many months, and we believe having access to a specially adapted garden would make such a difference to patients.

How can you get involved?

Like most charities, our fundraising has been badly hit by coronavirus.

We have been very lucky to have some very creative fundraisers on our side, and would like to thank those who have made face masks, hosted a bake sale and run for us over the last few months.

But we need your help too! We'd love to hear your fundraising idea, and will support your efforts as much as we can.

If you decide to take part in an event for us, and would like the money to go specifically to the garden project, please let us know when you sign up.

You can also follow our latest news here

We're going on a bear hunt...

8 October 2020

We're going on a bear hunt...

Looking for something fun to do in the holidays?

Sign up today for our bear hunt in Inverurie - can you find all 12 bears hidden in the shop windows …

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Looking for something fun to do in the holidays?

Sign up today for our bear hunt in Inverurie - can you find all 12 bears hidden in the shop windows?

Entry is £2, which also includes the chance to name our gorgeous new mascot!

Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund... to take part.

Re-usable protective face masks

24 June 2020

Re-usable protective face masks

One of our lovely supporters Joyce Robertson Edward has taken to the sewing machine to make a wide variety of face coverings with all proceeds going Friends of the Neuro Ward. Check …

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One of our lovely supporters Joyce Robertson Edward has taken to the sewing machine to make a wide variety of face coverings with all proceeds going Friends of the Neuro Ward. Check them out on her page by clicking the link below;

Joyce Robertson Edward

Masks are £5.50 each plus postage, please message Joyce directly to place your order.

Here's our young model Sophie, sporting a beautiful unicorn mask. She's delighted!

14 June 2020

Newsletter Feb 2020

Take a look at our most recent newsletter with some information on what our supporters have been up to, news about the team and details about our Woodend garden appeal. Just click …

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Take a look at our most recent newsletter with some information on what our supporters have been up to, news about the team and details about our Woodend garden appeal.

Just click on the link below....

Fotnw Final Newsletter Feb 2020

Marsden Patient Transfer Scales

13 June 2020

Marsden Patient Transfer Scales

Here we are presenting a Marsden Patient Transfer Scales to the staff on ward 205. The scales will be a huge asset to the ward, enabling immobile patients to be weighed on …

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Here we are presenting a Marsden Patient Transfer Scales to the staff on ward 205. The scales will be a huge asset to the ward, enabling immobile patients to be weighed on the bed without having to be transferred onto a chair or such like and ensuring the correct dose of medication is given.

How is the Patient Transfer Scale used?

The Patient Transfer Scale, or PTS, can be used in the same way as a transfer board. Simply place the PTS across the trolley and bed (or between two beds), and move your patient across in line with your manual handling/patient transfer policies. You’ll just need to stop for 3-4 seconds as they pass over the PTS in order for the weight reading to register


Name our mascot colouring competition

13 June 2020

Name our mascot colouring competition

Just look at our adorable new addition to the team... he sadly has no name at the moment and that's where you come in. We have opened a colouring in competition to …

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Just look at our adorable new addition to the team... he sadly has no name at the moment and that's where you come in.

We have opened a colouring in competition to all primary school children across Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire and ask the children to suggest a name for our bear and return with a small donation of £1.00

If your child would like to enter, please get in touch by email info@fotnw.org to request a colouring in sheet.

The competition will not only raise money for the charity, but also boost our profile. We are hoping to have a name reveal nearer the end of the year. The winner will be given a voucher for a trampoline park or play centre of their choice and book vouchers for their school too.

Good Luck!

First look at therapy garden for Woodend

6 January 2020

First look at therapy garden for Woodend

We're very excited to reveal the first-look of our plans for the therapy garden planned for Woodend Hospital. We've still a way to go with fundraising, so if you can help please …

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We're very excited to reveal the first-look of our plans for the therapy garden planned for Woodend Hospital.

We've still a way to go with fundraising, so if you can help please do get in touch!

Press and Journal: First look at therapeutic gardens planned for Aberdeen's Woodend Hospital

The Tartan Teddies Kilt walk team did it!

13 April 2018

The Tartan Teddies Kilt walk team did it!

Well done Team Tartan Teddies, you came you conquered and got the Medal! We are all extremely proud of your efforts & achievements and a phenomenal amount of money raised!!

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Well done Team Tartan Teddies, you came you conquered and got the Medal! We are all extremely proud of your efforts & achievements and a phenomenal amount of money raised!!



Truck In2 Grantown on Spey 2018

13 April 2018

Truck In2 Grantown on Spey 2018

Charity truck show In Grantown-on-Spey on Sat 12th May 2018. Raising funds for, The Friends of Neuro Ward ARI, Aberdeen and other good causes. 115 trucks booked to date, trade stalls, catering …

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Charity truck show In Grantown-on-Spey on Sat 12th May 2018. Raising funds for, The Friends of Neuro Ward ARI, Aberdeen and other good causes. 115 trucks booked to date, trade stalls, catering & beer tent.

Sarah Grant fundraising event

21 February 2017

Sarah Grant fundraising event

Our very brave fundraisers from the Sarah Grant fundraising team, gathered together in Grantown-on-spey for a fun filled quiz night, then after some brave souls got their chests out to be waxed! …

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Our very brave fundraisers from the Sarah Grant fundraising team, gathered together in Grantown-on-spey for a fun filled quiz night, then after some brave souls got their chests out to be waxed!! Raising an astonishing £2313.90

Well done team

Orkney Garden Festival

21 February 2017

Orkney Garden Festival

A phenomenal fundraising event raising over £6k! The team were also mentioned by the Beech Grove Garden team on BBC2! In total £12,851 was raised benefiting charities including Marie Curie and Queens …

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A phenomenal fundraising event raising over £6k! The team were also mentioned by the Beech Grove Garden team on BBC2!

In total £12,851 was raised benefiting charities including Marie Curie and Queens Nurses.


1 January 2017

Nip in the Dip raises £750

Lorna Jappy completed a Nippy Dip on Boxing Day at Aberdeen beach, braving the cold, wind and snow. She raised a phenomenal £750 pounds for the Friends of the Neuro ward ARI …

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Lorna Jappy completed a Nippy Dip on Boxing Day at Aberdeen beach, braving the cold, wind and snow. She raised a phenomenal £750 pounds for the Friends of the Neuro ward ARI. Lorna’s Husband Chris was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and treated on the ward.

Burravoe Sunday afternoon teas

24 August 2016

Burravoe Sunday afternoon teas

The first weekend in October saw our Shetland bakers joining forces to put on a spectacular afternoon tea way up the Shetland Islands raising in excess of £1k!! Well done team! …

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The first weekend in October saw our Shetland bakers joining forces to put on a spectacular afternoon tea way up the Shetland Islands raising in excess of £1k!! Well done team!

We’ll do whatever it takes; sharing a story; shaking tins, baking cakes, running marathons. Our absolute determination will keep us going until patients get the dignity, care and comfort they deserve at every step.

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