Children’s charity celebrates Scots/American TV star donation

US TV Host Craig Ferguson - 'transformational' donation
US TV Host Craig Ferguson – ‘transformational’ donation

A CHILDREN’S CHARITY is celebrating what is being described as a “transformational” donation from a US talk show host.

The ARCHIE Foundation has only recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, which serves young patients from throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Fundraising efforts by the charity have been aimed at their raising £2million which they say would make a “huge difference” to the Children’s Hospital.

Now they are celebrating a donation through the American-Scottish Foundation from Craig Ferguson, the Scots-born television star who recently concluded a 10-year run as the host of the flagship CBS ‘Late Late Show’.

Mr Ferguson and his wife Megan have gifted funds to the ARCHIE Foundation which will support future developments at the High Dependency Unit of the hospital, which will soon be renamed the Ferguson Critical Care Unit.

Chief Executive of the Foundation, David Cunningham, 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.”

Since concluding as host of the Late Late Show, Mr Ferguson has been hosting the game show ‘Celebrity Name Game’.

Of the donation, the extent of which he has insisted remains private, he said: “It is a practical way for us to show our love, gratitude and appreciation for the people of Scotland. We hope this is first of many such gestures.”