The ARCHIE Foundation

The ARCHIE Foundation is a charity supporting sick children in the North of Scotland.

Based in the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital it supports the healthcare of over 200,000 sick children every year. With Children's healthcare being delivered in the Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Children's Wards in Inverness and Elgin and numerous community hospitals throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, the ARCHIE Foundation 'Makes the Difference' for these children by providing state of the art equipment, highly specialist staff posts, cutting edge research and, of course, lots and lots of toys!

A Grant from a portion of the proceeds of the Wallace Awards for Heritage, Arts & Cultyure will help the Baird Family Hospital Neo Natal unit Appeal being undertaken by the Archie Foundation in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen. Learn more here.

The ARCHIE Foundation is one of the American Scottish Foundation's partner charities and over the coming months and years we will be focusing on their projects to improve the healthcare of sick children in many of the most remote communities in Scotland.

US talkshow superstar Craig Ferguson donates "transformational" sum to the ARCHIE Foundation

23 December 2015 by Kieran Beattie

One of America's most famous and beloved talk show hosts has given a "transformational" Christmas gift to the sick children of Scotland in the form of six-figure donation to the ARCHIE Foundation – the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

Scotsman Craig Ferguson, who just last year completed his ten-year run as the host of hugely successful "The Late Late Show" for US television network CBS, has given a what is believed to be a six figure sum as a gift to ARCHIE.

The enormous cash injection will be used to support the development of the Foresterhill hospital's High Dependence Unit, which will soon be renamed the Ferguson Critical Care Unit in his honour.

Glasgow-born Mr Ferguson has also recently been awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host in his starring role in the syndicated American show "Celebrity Name Game".

A long-standing promoter of Scotland in the States, Mr Ferguson made the enormous donation as a show of support for his home country.

And it is hoped that this initial gift will be just the beginning of the talk show star's ongoing campaign of support for sick youngsters across the north-east of Scotland, Highlands, Orkney and Shetland.

Mr Ferguson said: "It is a practical way for us to show our love, gratitude and appreciation for the people of Scotland. We hope this is the first of many such gestures."

The ARCHIE Foundation has been a partner of the American-Scottish Foundation for a number of years, which endeavours to promote business and cultural links between the two countries.

David Cunningham, the chief executive of the ARCHIE Foundation, said: "Donations such as this are transformational and will make a huge difference to the care we can offer and the environment in which it is given here at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

"It is also hugely exciting for everyone involved to have such high profile support, it has been a great boost to morale in the run-up to Christmas."

Camilla Hellman, the executive director of the American-Scottish Foundation, helped to connect Mr Ferguson and his family with ARCHIE.

She said: "We have greatly enjoyed working with the ARCHIE Foundation over the last few years, learning about he tremendous difference they make for sick children in Scotland, and we were extremely pleased to be able to connect a member of our diaspora with a good cause in Scotland and hope to support their on-going relationship for the benefit of people in Scotland."

Help to make an ARCHIE child smile with the gift of a ZAINI fashionista wooly hat...

With a minimum donation of $50, give a ZAINI hat to an ARCHIE child - and receive one for yourself, too!

Zaini hats, the brand, launched as a result of an impossibility to find a comfy, colourful and stylish enough beanie hat. Scottish ski instructor, Miranda Harper, turned to making her own whilst in a resort in Switzerland in 2010. No beanie was baggy or bright enough for her style, so she made her own to fit her fashion needs on the slopes. The trend was quick to catch on and suddenly everyone wanted one of these hats…

Based in a small village in the highlands of Scotland, people wear beanies all year round and once friends and family saw her hats they all wanted one. So she got back to her crochet hook and put together more colorful designs. Zaini hats use 100% super soft acrylic yarn, which ensures a non-itch, cashmere feel and is durable in all weather.

Pay via our secure facility at Paypal, below. Minimum requested donation is $50, but please feel free to be more generous!

Any amount over $30 is fully tax-deductible.

Call ASF at (212) 605 0338 or email with any queries. Thank you for your support!

The Archie Foundation Raigmore Childrens Ward Appeal wrote, on December 2, 2014:

"The ARCHIE Foundation is the adopted charity of The American-Scottish Foundation® - they kindly promote our work with local children to Scots living in the USA! As it's Giving Tuesday (a big American day for donating) they're running this appeal all over America to support our work! But you don't need to be in the US to get one! You can just follow the link on their page. You'll get one, and they'll donate one for us to give to a child in hospital this Christmas too."

The ARCHIE Foundation brought Team Archie to compete in the ING New York City Marathon 2012. They'll be back in 2015!

As in 2011, Team Archie took on the challenge of competing in one of the world's finest marathons. With kilts at the ready, the runners completed months of training and fundraising to make this special trip.

Please help to support ARCHIE runners in 2015 and future New York Marathons or make a general donation to ARCHIE in support of the Foundation's work. Thank you!



ARCHIE in New York, 2011

The American-Scottish Foundation® welcomed 48 ARCHIE runners from Scotland to take part in the New York Marathon on November 6. We had a wonderful few days.

The ASF joined members of the ARCHIE Foundation NY Marathon team when they visited the British Consulate New York on November 7. The team met with HM Consul General Danny Lopez who had also completed the Marathon the day before. He joined with members of the British Consular staff in congratulating the ARCHIE runners in raising over $320,000 (£206,000) through taking part in the Marathon, which will help children's hospitals in the North and West of Scotland: a fantastic achievement.

The ASF and ARCHIE members represented Scotland in the Parade of Nations, part of the NY Marathon Opening Ceremonies.

On the evening before the Marathon itself, the runners gathered at St. Andrews Restaurant in the City for dinner. The evening was arranged by the American-Scottish Foundation® and sponsored by BP.

You can help us raise additional funds for ARCHIE and show our American-Scottish support for all they are doing.

ARCHIE Press Release: September 21, 2011:

The ARCHIE Foundation, the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, has been undertaking a programme of expansion over the last few years. In fact, the charity now supports children’s health services in fourteen different hospitals in an area roughly covering the top half of Scotland.  

But even by their standards, the latest development to be undertaken is adventurous. The charity has today announced a new partnership with the American Scottish Foundation®, based in Scotland House®, Madison Avenue, New York.

David Cunningham, Director of Fundraising at the ARCHIE Foundation, explains.

“The North and North East of Scotland has many ties with the USA, both historical and current. These have perhaps been highlighted in more recent times with the Oil and Gas sector and, of course, Donald Trump’s new golf resort near Aberdeen. So looking at how we could keep ex-pat Scots informed of our work, in a way that encourages them to support us, seemed like a natural next step in our development.”

“In addition to this, with over 45 runners heading to the US to compete in the New York marathon this November, now seemed the right time to try and formalise this activity. In the American Scottish Foundation® we have found a partner who have been outstanding in their support of our plans, exceptionally professional and whose local knowledge has really made the difference between this happening or not.”

The partnership will allow the charity to showcase its many projects, such as the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward in Inverness, the funding of specialist equipment in Aberdeen or the redevelopment of clinical environments in Orkney, to an audience spread across the whole of America.

Camilla G. Hellman, Director of Development at the ASF added, "Highlighting their important work with Scottish children to our membership will allow people to find out what’s happening across the North of Scotland and, we hope, support projects in towns and communities in a large part of Scotland. We are delighted to be involved with the charity and look forward to welcoming their runners, the largest ever single group to come from Scotland to compete in the New York marathon, this November.

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