GE Oil & Gas employees from across the North East of Scotland have been hard at work, bringing smiles to the faces of hundreds of disadvantaged children by donating more than 280 teddy bears to eight local charities.
Volunteers from the company’s Aberdeen, Peterhead, Inverurie and Montrose sites took part in GE’s global community outreach programme, ‘Comfort for Kids’, creating a variety of plush bears, before giving them to young people experiencing health struggles or economic hardships.
A company-wide effort, the initiative takes place every year in more than 150 GE locations around the world.
Employees from each of GE’s North East sites chose the lucky recipients of the teddies, with charities including Charlie House, Macmillan Cancer Support, Befriend a Child, St Andrew’s School (Inverurie), Angus Toy Appeal and the Anna Ritchie School (Peterhead).
Company CEO Rod Christie, said: “Volunteerism is a vibrant part of GE’s culture and many of our employees around the world are involved, either individually or collectively, across their local communities.
“Comfort for Kids is a fantastic initiative, which is responsible for lighting up the faces of the many young people that are on the receiving end of these teddy bears, bringing laughter and excitement into their lives.
“It’s a simple act of kindness, but one which has a big impact and we’re thrilled to have been involved.”