Dundee mum’s charitable creation is reborn

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Rosie and Aimee passed their wings on to ARCHIE.

A children’s charity drive started by a Dundee mother has returned to hospitals across Scotland.

Rosie Butler set up Fairy Box, a voluntary service to provide toys to children battling illness in hospitals throughout the country, after her daughter Aimee was diagnosed with 

Rosie and Aimee stepped down from their roles with Fairy Box last year after a decade of helping children.

The charity was taken over by the ARCHIE Foundation in December 2016 and is back up and running with the aim of providing Fairy Boxes for every hospital in Scotland.

Former trustee and founder Rosie Butler said she is “delighted” ARCHIE has taken over the project.

She said: “We speak the same language. ARCHIE are there for children going through a tough time.

“I don’t think we could have had a better fit in passing our wings on. ARCHIE have a huge reputation.

“When it comes down to sitting by the bedside of a sick child it’s the person who matters and we are delighted with the people involved in ARCHIE.

“We are absolutely delighted that ARCHIE have taken our wings and we wish them every success in the future.”

There are currently Fairy Boxes at the Highland Children’s Unit in Inverness and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

However, plans are in place to extend the service to Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells as well as to Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow Children’s Hospital and Borders General Hospital.

The Fairy Box movement was born after Rosie’s daughter, Aimee, was diagnosed with leukaemia.

After Aimee’s condition deteriotaed, Rosie contacted the author of one of her daughter’s favourite 
fairytale stories.

Within a matter of days, Aimee’s room was plastered in fairy art work and was packed with boxes of gifts donated from throughout the world.

Such was the level of generosity, Rosie and Aimee quickly decided to donate toys to other hospital-bound children.

Drop-off points were soon set up at hospitals throughout Scotland and as a result the Fairy Box project was