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RGU Physio students support The ARCHIE Foundation


Robert Gordon University (RGU) Physiotherapy students have raised hundreds of pounds for The ARCHIE Foundation, a charity for sick children in the north of Scotland.

Physiotherapy students raise money for ARCHIE: From left, Emma Slesser, Hannah Walton, Emily Richart and Tom McKeeverStudent representatives from the RGU Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) ran a successful pub quiz at Korova in Aberdeen and raised £266.

The event was organised by a team of RGU Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Student reps, including: Tom McKeever, Gail McAndrew, Hannah Walton, Stuart Johnston, Andy Lawson, Andy Coulter and Emily Richart.

The money raised has been donated to ARCHIE’s fund for the Sensory Dynamic Orthosis (SDO) Clinic at Aberdeen Children’s Hospital which supports children with cerebral palsy.

Clinic provides special lycra garments which give children with mobility issues constant physiotherapy while wearing them. 

Research has shown that the garments, which can be worn for up to 6 hours a day as a therapeutic measure, help to improve a child’s posture and quality of movement.

Each suit is made to measure and is designed to address the child’s individual needs. The suits can improve the child’s quality of movement and enhance family life, as the child is easier to handle and position and is more able to achieve independence in mobility, movement and functional activities.

Tom McKeever, one of the co-organisers of the event, worked with the team to arrange the event which also boasted a number of raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

He said: “The quiz was a great success and helped different Physiotherapy year groups at RGU socialise and mingle together.

“We were delighted with the turnout on the night and are very pleased to have raised a great total which has been donated to The ARCHIE Foundation to support they do for sick children.

“Raising money for charities is also in line with the placement work we do as additional funding helps services to provide the best possible care.”

The ARCHIE Foundation hope to raise £2 million to carry out a major transformation of Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, which they hope will make it one of the best in the world.

Emma Slesser, fundraising manager for The ARCHIE Foundation, said: “We are delighted to receive this brilliant donation from the students. It is great that their donation is going to be restricted to something that means a lot to them as Physiotherapy students.

“I hope to continue the partnership with the students and to hear from them again very soon!”

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport