How we help
Now in its 25th year, Friends of ANCHOR has delivered direct support to the patients and staff since 1997.
The ANCHOR Unit is a collective of specialised wards and clinics within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary - the central hub of cancer and haematology care for the North-east of Scotland.
Our person-centred wellbeing services are freely available for every patient, with programmes also available for the staff caring for them. We invest in medical equipment and pioneering research to push the boundaries in how we diagnose, treat and care for people, while our pledge to promote clinical excellence includes funded development programmes for NHS clinical staff to enhance knowledge and expertise.
Run by a small team and stewarded by a committee of senior representatives from the ANCHOR wards and clinics and the business community, our founding aim was, and remains to this day, to provide the best possible treatment, care and support to patients.
Uniquely, every penny of every pound donated to Friends of ANCHOR goes to the cause. We can assure you of this because our operating costs are fully covered by Aberdeen company Balmoral Group - as they have been since the charity was founded.
In the last three years alone, we have funded more than £4m of support. Read on to find out more about some of our investments and initiatives.
Partnering with the University of Aberdeen to fund pioneering research to improve understanding of the cause, develop the care and discover treatment breakthroughs.
Investing in leading technologies and equipment, over and above the NHS core budget, to ensure Aberdeen as a leading hospital for cancer and haematology care.
Enhancing person-centred wellbeing for patients and staff through dedicated support and services, including specialised massage therapies, mindfulness and hair loss support.
Driving forward clinical excellence for NHS staff with funded development programmes and training opportunities to enhance knowledge and expertise.
The Friends of ANCHOR committee
The committee is comprised of senior representatives from the ANCHOR Unit wards and clinics, and the business community
CBE, DL, DHC, Hon DBA, Hon FRIAS
Chairman & Trustee
Senior Charge Nurse
Ward 310, ANCHOR Unit
Interim Nurse Manager
Haematology & Oncology
Public Relations Manager
Retired Professor of Haematology and Honorary Clinical Haematologist
Vice Chairman & Trustee
Fundraising and PR Manager,
Friends of ANCHOR & Trustee
Balmoral Group Financial
Director & Trustee
Haemophilia Centre Director & Trustee
Senior Charge Nurse
Ward 112, ANCHOR Unit