ASCO workers raise £50,000 for charity in N. Sea supply company’s 50th anniversary year

ASCO charity stars: pictured from left are Jamie Marr (ASCO), Ewan Alexander (Kayleigh’s Wee Stars), Sam Begg (ASCO), Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett and Keith Patterson (Kayleigh’s Wee Stars).
ASCO charity stars: pictured from left are Jamie Marr (ASCO), Ewan Alexander (Kayleigh’s Wee Stars), Sam Begg (ASCO), Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett and Keith Patterson (Kayleigh’s Wee Stars).

Workers at N. Sea supply base operator ASCO have beaten their target to raise £50,000 for charity to mark the company’s landmark 50th anniversary.

Since 2008, staff have raised over £100,000 for various charities which have been nominated by colleagues.  In 2016 the company’s dedicated volunteer Lifestyle Team raised £35,688 for The Brain Tumour Charity and the Scottish SPCA.

Early last year, efforts were stepped up even further with the company setting a £50,000 target in honour of ASCO’s 50th anniversary – and that aim has been smashed with some £75,000 raised during 2017, boosted thanks to a £25,000 donation from the company.

For the first time, the number of beneficiaries for the year was increased to three organisations, namely SANDs Stillbirth and Neonatal Deaths charity, The Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Kayleigh’s Wee Stars all of whom will receive a share of the money raised.

Staff across ASCO’s locations got involved with the fundraising effort thanks to a host of initiatives ranging from a football tournament, bake sales and quiz nights to a staff raffle to win extra holidays, a golf day supported by clients, suppliers and colleagues, and a global walking challenge which saw staff cover nearly 30,000 miles during “STEPtember”.

Congratulating the ASCO team on their efforts, Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett said: “To raise such a huge amount for three such worthy charities is marvellous and testament to the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of ASCO staff.”

Ewan Alexander from Kayleigh’s Wee Stars said: “The £45,000 donation from ASCO is our largest single donation to date for Kayleigh’s Wee Stars. It’s an incredible amount to raise and donate to a local charity in one year, especially given the challenges faced locally in our economy.

“This means we have secured funds for 2018 to continue providing families in Scotland with financial assistance in tragic circumstances. To have that security behind us is simply fantastic. We can’t thank them enough for what they have done for us.”

Jamie Marr, General Manager, Aberdeen Shorebase Operations, added: ‘We are delighted to have surpassed our ambitious target of £50,000 last year and to be able to donate so much money to our chosen charities, especially as the charities we support are chosen by ASCO colleagues so represent causes close to our hearts.

“Our Lifestyle Team is ready for another year of fundraising and we’re looking forward to working with other local community groups, charities and of course this year’s charities which are Friends of Anchor and the Scottish Air Ambulance.”

Headquartered in Aberdeen, ASCO operates in six countries across over 60 locations, and employs 1,500 people.

26 Feb 2018

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