Energy firm boosts cancer-centre bid

A NORTH-EAST cancer charity’s appeal to build a new support centre has been given a massive boost after an energy services company pledged £20,000 to the cause.

Over the next two years, Houston-based Helix Energy Services will raise the funds for Clan (Cancer Link Aberdeen and North) through the Aberdeen offices of their subsidiary companies, Canyon Offshore and Well Ops.

The companies are deciding how to raise the funds.

Clan’s 1, 2, 3 campaign aims to raise £3million to fund a centre to cope with increasing demand for the charity’s services.

The new facility will include a new Clan Haven providing accommodation for clients travelling from the islands for treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Angus Kerr, Canyon Offshore’s vice-president, said: “Both Well Ops and Canyon were delighted to get involved in such a worthy cause.

“We hope that our support will make a difference to Clan’s efforts in achieving their goal and wish them all the best in their continued efforts.”

Clan’s fundraising manager, Susan Crighton, said: “Helix Energy Solutions’ pledge to raise such a significant amount for our appeal is fantastic and we are thrilled the organisation has lent its support.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer in some way, which is demonstrated by the fact that demand for our services continues to increase and why we need a new purpose-built facility.”

The charity also hopes its “bring a party to a party” Christmas event will raise funds for the new facility, which will provide more accommodation for people from the islands attending hospital appointments.

The Clan Christmas Cracker will take place on December 19 at the Hilton Treetops, Summerfield Road, Aberdeen.

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal and entertainment by cover band Aquarius.