So inspired are they by the work of the Archie Foundation, Thistle Couriers have pledged to donate their delivery services for free to the charity, writes Caroline Lindsay.
Ewan Ferguson, the company’s managing director, spoke about how they first got involved with the foundation, which helps sick children in the north of Scotland, about five months ago.
“I read an article online where members of the public had asked about buying Archie’s fund-raising merchandise people clearly wanted to purchase their goods, but postal costs were sometimes an issue,” he said.
“So to me it was simple we have a great parcel delivery service that would allow Archie to deliver anything they need to fundraising teams, online sales anyone they needed to send anything to.
“We wanted to be productively involved rather than just donating money or goods, and by providing our services we can participate and support the foundation every day.
“It also means we can help the team in any way they need it at any time.
“We are a small part of the daily effort to support and raise money on an ongoing basis for the whole of the foundation, and not just in Aberdeen.
“Our overnight service allows the ARCHIE staff to book a parcel to be delivered promptly and we also provide tough packing bags to put the smaller orders in, reducing Archie’s need to purchase packaging also.
“I had helped out the foundation from time to time since it first started, and everyone at Thistle was really pleased when I suggested we offer our services it’s such a great feeling to know that we are able to help in our own little way.”
Ewan is in no doubt that Archie will raise the £2 million to put towards the new operating suite at Tayside Children’s Hospital.
“You only have to look at the success the foundation has had at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and at Raigmore it’s clearly a great choice to do the same at Tayside Children’s Hospital.
“The Archie team are so dedicated and selfless, it is truly humbling what this group of people attempt and achieve.
“I was once told that if you want to change the world you have to start with one act of random human kindness.
“The Archie team do this, minute by minute, day by day, and these guys and girls are the kind of people that can change the world.
“Everyone at Thistle Couriers is proud to assist them in any way we can.”