University tree donation aims to spread festive cheer

University tree donation aims to spread festive cheer

The University of Aberdeen has donated 20 Christmas trees to an organisation that supports young people from care experienced backgrounds.

The trees are being distributed to homes throughout the city, enabling young people from care backgrounds to enjoy some festive spirit.

Funded through a donation of £525 from the University’s Development Trust, the trees have been donated to the Aberdeen Care Experienced (ACE) support network, which aims to make life better for young people in the city who are either in care, or have had experience of being in care.

As a Corporate Parent, the University works with Aberdeen City Council and other organisations to support local good causes and create opportunities in areas that help those from disadvantaged backgrounds, for example through widening access initiatives that encourage young people to benefit from a University education.

Professor Alison Jenkinson, who is the University’s Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach, commented:  “I am delighted that the University has been able to support this worthwhile cause, and grateful to the Development Trust for their donation that has allowed us to purchase these trees for ACE.

“As a proud Corporate Parent, the University supports care experienced young people both before and after they commence their studies with us. The University works with a range of partners including ACE and Aberdeen City Council to help increase the opportunities for care experienced young people to gain a University education.

“While this is a small gesture, our hope is that these trees can help to brighten up Christmas for young people in our city, and I am grateful to ACE for giving us this opportunity to contribute to this lovely initiative.”

Rob Donelson, Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Aberdeen, commented:

“Gestures like this are especially important at Christmas time, but this year, with the pandemic restrictions and associated pressures that people face, it is even more important.

“We hope this donation of £525 - in line with our activities to mark the University’s 525th birthday this year - will help to provide some festive cheer for young people in Aberdeen.  The Development Trust is proud to support this partnership with ACE.”

Aberdeen City Council operational delivery convener Councillor John Wheeler said: “Christmas can often be difficult time for our care experienced young people, especially this year.

“Our staff have had to change how we can support our young people in their homes this Christmas due to coronavirus restrictions so the tree donations are going to help make Christmas a better experience and will allow them to feel part of a family.

“We are truly grateful for the donation and it will make a massive difference to young people celebrating the day in their own homes.”

Search News

Browse by Month

2023

  1. Jan
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2023
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2023
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2023
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2023
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2023
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2023
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2023
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2023
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2023
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2023
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2023

2022

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2022
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

2016

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2016
  2. Feb
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2016
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2016
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2016
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2016
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2016
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2016
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

2014

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2014
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2014
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2014
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2014
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2014
  11. Nov
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2014

2013

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2013
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2013
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2013
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2013

2012

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2012
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2012
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2012
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

2011

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2011
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2011
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2011
  4. Apr
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2011
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2011
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2011
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2011
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2011
  10. Oct
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2011
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2011