The story of ARCHIE

The ARCHIE Foundation help make the difference for local sick children. Read about how we began in Aberdeen, and how we’ve grown. All of our funds have the common aim of making the experience of being in hospital as good as it can possibly be for children and young people.

Let’s start at the very beginning…

The ARCHIE Foundation was formed in 2000 in Aberdeen in order to fund the building of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

The charity started with a simple mission – to make the difference for local sick children, providing much-needed extras not already catered for by the NHS.

Her Majesty the Queen opened RACH in 2004 and the charity’s impact was clear to see. But little did we know our work was only just beginning.


The start of our Highland adventure

Initially extending support to community children’s health, and then to the creation of the Highland Children’s Unit in Inverness, The ARCHIE Foundation’s reach extended across the whole of the north of Scotland, making a huge difference for local children and their worried families.

Transforming Tayside Children’s Hospital

Then, at the request of colleagues in Dundee, agreement was reached to support the development of world-class new facilities in the Tayside Children’s Hospital. A project that will transform the experience of having an operation for hundreds of children every year.


Friends of the Neonatal Unit joins the family

In 2016 we welcomed the specialist neonatal charity The Friends of the Neonatal Unit into the ARCHIE group. Providing incredible care for babies born too soon or too sick, this dedicated fund provides genuinely exceptional care for local families and their newborn babies.

Grampian Child Bereavement Network

In 2019, the Grampian Child Bereavement Network (GCBN) joined the ARCHIE family of funds.

GCBN is managed by a committee who have a range of backgrounds and provides direct support to bereaved children and young people throughout the region.

Find out more on the GCBN website.

And all of this thanks to your support!

Archie’s family tree has grown a great deal over the last 16 years, now transforming the healthcare of nearly 200,000 children every year through the different dedicated funds that make up our small family.

By working together, as one charity with many dedicated funds, we are more efficient and better co-ordinated. Our many donors who truly make this difference know where their donations will be spent too.

However you support us, and whether thats to one of our funds or to them all, thank you for transforming children’s healthcare, we simply couldn’t do it without you.

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  • Working for The ARCHIE Foundation is never boring! Every day is different and even when you're having a tough day you know you're making a difference to children and their families - what a great reward!

    Jamie, Fundraising Manager