Gillies’ Christmas display delivers boost to ARCHIE

A talking postbox has delivered a £944 boost to The ARCHIE Foundation.

The quirky feature formed part of the much-loved Christmas window display at Gillies of Broughty Ferry.

Gillies Director Ewan Philp with Linda Meiklejohn (left) and Sarah Johnston (right) of The ARCHIE Foundation beside the Christmas window display.

The main window of the Brook Street store was transformed into a winter wonderland with a replica locomotive, complete with steam, driven by none other than Father Christmas – and accompanied by an array of dancing penguins and polar bears.

A talking postbox formed part of the display, collecting donations for ARCHIE, the official charity of the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Gillies’ customers were thanked for their donations by the chirpy box, which also told visitors about the work of the charity.

The family-run business is a long-standing supporter of The ARCHIE Foundation and staff were delighted to handed over their latest donation of £944.76, thanks to Gillies’ generous customers.

Managing Director Ian Philp, who is also chairman of ARCHIE’s Tayside Fundraising Committee, said: “We’re delighted that our Christmas display has not only given joy to the local community, but has also managed to raise £944.76 for The ARCHIE Foundation.

“Each year we put out a voluntary collection box with the hope of raising funds for charity and once again our customers and visitors have been very generous with the donations.

“The children of Tayside who do need the help of ARCHIE truly deserve the donation and a big thank you to everyone who contributed.”

Sarah Johnston, fundraising manager at The ARCHIE Foundation, said: “We cannot thank Gillies enough for their continued support.

“The recent Christmas display was fantastic and proved incredibly popular once again.

“We can’t wait to see what incredible creation the team at Gillies come up with next year.”