BNP Paribas has made a donation towards The ARCHIE Foundation to help to transform the experience of having an operation for children and young people in Tayside, with the creation of a new Children’s Theatre Suite, on which construction has recently begun in Dundee.
The Children’s Hospital currently has only one dedicated paediatric operating theatre, meaning that some children have to undergo surgery in adult theatres in another part of the hospital.
To date, ARCHIE has raised £2 million to support NHS Tayside in order to create the £6m theatre suite, which will double the number of operations carried out in child-friendly, age-appropriate spaces. As well as surgery and recovery areas, there will be inside and outside play spaces and a quiet room for parents.
Sarah Johnston, fundraising manager for ARCHIE Tayside said: “We rely on donations and grants to support local sick children and to make the difference to their experiences of being in hospital and receiving treatment.
“Businesses and organisations like BNP Paribas are absolutely vital to helping us reach the targets of capital build projects like the Children’s Theatre Suite, and we are so grateful to them.
“Corporate Social Responsibility programmes really do have a meaningful impact for communities and we would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of all the children and families whose lives will be touched by this donation.”
Ken Murray, Head of Investment Trust Accounting at BNP Paribas Securities Services added: “Our employees chose The ARCHIE Foundation as beneficiary, and we are thrilled that so many children will benefit from these wonderful new theatre facilities in the years to come.
“Our support of this project underlines BNP Paribas’ strong commitment to making a positive and long-term impact in the communities in which we operate, as well as promoting good health and wellbeing as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”