Petrofac News 1700X397
23 December 2019

Petrofac employees raise thousands for homeless young people

Petrofac employees based in the north-east of Scotland have raised £8,000 for a local youth homelessness and unemployment charity.

More than 530 employees attended Petrofac’s Christmas Dinner Dance at the P&J Live and dug deep for the Aberdeen Foyer’s Christmas Appeal: a campaign to provide those currently experiencing homelessness with a cosier Christmas.

Aberdeen Foyer supports young people and adults in the wider communities of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire engage with education, move into work and achieve independent living. It does so by providing supported housing, learning, training, counselling, employment support and health improvement initiatives.

Joanne McBain, a Proposals Administrator at Petrofac and Dinner Dance attendee, said: “We all recognise how fortunate we are to be able to attend Christmas events, making it important for us all to give something back at this time of year.”

Dave Blackburn, Senior Vice President, Petrofac Engineering and Production Services West, said: “It’s no secret that Aberdeen has one of the biggest wealth divides in Scotland, so the work that Aberdeen Foyer is doing plays a vital role in combatting youth homelessness and poverty in our wider communities.

“We always receive an overwhelming response from our teams when it comes to charitable giving, especially to local causes like this one. It means a lot to us all knowing that our donation will make a real difference to vulnerable people in our area this Christmas.”

Leona McDermid, Foyer Chief Executive, said: "My warmest thanks to everyone who attended the Petrofac Dinner Dance for so generously supporting Aberdeen Foyer. It really is special to us to be your chosen charity for the event, to know that our work in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to disrupt the cycle of youth homelessness and poverty has been noticed and matters to you.

"We are just amazed and delighted to receive the incredible donation of £8,000. On behalf of everyone we support, a big thank you!”