Red army of vol­un­teers in­vade mall for An­chor

● Two days of ac­tiv­i­ties raise aware­ness of hospi­tal unit’s work

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN WALSH

Th e r e w a s a sur­prise in store for vis­i­tors to one of the north-east’s busiest shop­ping cen­tres at the week­end.

Scores of peo­ple dressed in red en­joyed danc­ing to their own tune at the main en­trance to Union Square in Aberdeen in the name of char­ity.

The silent disco was just one of the at­trac­tions at Friends of An­chor’s “takeover” of the mall as it launched its An­chored To­gether cam­paign.

The char­ity, which sup­ports the An­chor can­cer unit at Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary, is com­mit­ted to rais­ing £2 mil­lion to­wards a new £32m can­cer and haema­tol­ogy cen­tre which is be­ing built at the Forester­hill health cam­pus.

And while the turf has al­ready been cut at the site, the char­ity will en­sure that it is kit­ted out to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard with new equip­ment, re­search and teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a ther­apy room, a teenage and young adult room and a cof­fee lounge.

Among the other ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer at Union Square were face paint­ing, a sticker trail and a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

There was also a large screen show­ing a vis­ual fly-through of how the new can­cer cen­tre will look.

The char­ity said yes­ter­day that their event, which ran across Satur­day and Sun­day, had been a big suc­cess.

A spokes­woman said: “It has been a bril­liant week­end, we have not been ask­ing for do­na­tions, this has been about rais­ing aware­ness of the work we do.

“It is the big­gest cam­paign we have ever run, we are ef­fec­tively dou­bling the money we raise for the ward each year, so that is go­ing to take a lot of gen­eros­ity and sup­port from the pub­lic and lo­cal busi­nesses.

“There are about 90 peo­ple that have given up their week­end to be here as part of our ‘red army’.

“This project will make a dif­fer­ence well be­yond our gen­er­a­tion, so it is a legacy of the peo­ple that back us now.”

It is es­ti­mated that about 65,000 peo­ple will use the new cen­tre which is sched­uled to open in 2021.

Pho­tographs by Darrell Benns

COME ON YOU REDS: The Friends of An­chor team at Union Square, Aberdeen, yes­ter­day as they launched their An­chored To­gether ap­peal.

Freya Bruce, 10, hav­ing her face painted by a vol­un­teer at the Union Square mall

Gil­lian Mur­ray, Sam Wright and Donna Miller rais­ing aware­ness at Union Square

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