GE Oil & Gas employees have been hard at work, bringing smiles to the faces of disadvantaged children by donating more than 280 teddy bears .
Volunteers from the company’s Aberdeen, Peterhead, Inverurie and Montrose sites took part in GE’s global community outreach programme, ‘Comfort for Kids’, creating a variety of plush bears, before giving them to young people across the region experiencing health struggles or economic hardships.
A company-wide effort, the initiative takes place every year in more than 150 GE locations around the world. Employees from each of GE’s North East sites chose the lucky recipients of the teddies, with charities including Charlie House, Macmillan Cancer Support, Befriend a Child, St Andrew’s School (Inverurie), Angus Toy Appeal and the Anna Ritchie School. Rod Christie, CEO-GE Oil & Gas Subsea Systems, said: “Volunteerism is a vibrant part of GE’s culture and many of our employees around the world are involved, either individually or collectively, across their local communities.
“Comfort for Kids is a fantastic initiative, which is responsible for lighting up the faces of the many young people that are on the receiving end of these teddy bears, bringing laughter and excitement into their lives. It’s a simple act of kindness, but one which has a big impact and we’re thrilled to have been involved.”
GE employees have also donated more than £900 from the sale of old computers, raffle tickets for a charity darts evening and cash from a Smarties tubes coin collection to Charlie House.