Cancer support charity Maggie’s Aberdeen has received a mammoth £10,000 donation – from a China-based company whose chairman visited the centre two years ago.

The generous gift, from George Zhang, a joint venture partner of global engineering and consulting company Wood, follows a donation of 10,000 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the same source to frontline health staff in the city which were distributed by Maggie’s Aberdeen last year.

Maggie’s Aberdeen head of fundraising Richard Stewart explained: “The fantastic donation has come following a visit to the centre by George Zhang, Chairman of Wood in China, with Wood colleagues in 2019.

“It’s wonderful to think that someone from the other side of the world was so moved by the work we do that they continue to support us from afar today. It is an example of the amazing impression visiting Maggie’s can leave on people.

“Although we have mostly been seeing people virtually during lockdown, we look forward to welcoming many more visitors and volunteers back to the centre once the remaining restrictions are lifted so they can see that for themselves.”

The gift from George helps make up for lost income from cancelled fundraising events and activities and will be used to fund the daily running costs of the centre and Maggie’s Aberdeen’s expert cancer care services.

Built in the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Maggie’s Aberdeen is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maggie’s Aberdeen has continued to provide support for friends and family, as well as bereavement support groups, in order to help the wider network of people that cancer impacts.

Wood's chief operating officer, Dave Stewart, added: "When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK last year, our joint venture partner wanted to help in any way they could, hence the donation of the 10,000 items of PPE.

“That donation was generous enough, but for him to go even further and give Maggie’s Aberdeen such wonderful financial support a year later is testament to the support everyone at the centre provides to people across the north-east – and it clearly leaves a positive impression on people, regardless of where they are from or whether they have used the much-needed services on offer."

Maggie’s Aberdeen relies on voluntary donations to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends. As well as accepting gifts, the charity promotes fundraising activities including its annual Golf Day and Culture Crawl, which this year are both being held in September.

To find out more about Maggie’s Aberdeen and to see how the centre supports people living with cancer across the North-east of Scotland, call 01224 645928 or email aberdeen@maggies.org