Local independent financial advisors, Central Investment, recently moved office from their longstanding residence at Albert Street to new premises on Albyn Place. As a result, the business donated four lorries’ worth of office furniture to Aberdeen’s leading crisis charity, Somebody Cares.

The company, which had been at Albert Street for over 40 years, moved to the new location in August. The move provided an opportunity to give back to the community by donating much of its unrequired furniture along with various kitchen appliances.

Despite Aberdeen being the oil and gas capital of Europe, in 2016 the city had over 18,000 people living in the most deprived 20% of Scotland. Many families now still have little over £50 a week to live on with over 27% of all city children living in families with extremely limited resources.

Crisis charity, Somebody Cares, was set up in 2003 in order to help people in need around Aberdeen. They now serve over 62,000 families and individuals by providing them with food and clothes as well as furnishing over 2,200 homes in 2017 alone, all for free.

Central Investment thought it was extremely important to help their community with Derek Robertson, managing director, saying, ‘In the current economic climate it is more important than ever that we help out in any way we can. We know the difficulties our city has faced in the last few years and we are delighted to be able to assist in this way.

‘Somebody Cares has helped thousands of people over the last 15 years and we hope our contribution can have a very positive impact on their patrons’, Mr. Robertson continued.

Somebody Cares’ CEO, Brian Taylor, was delighted with the contribution, adding, ‘We are so grateful to Central Investment for their generous donation. The office supplies they gave us have not only helped families, some items have also been sold which helps us raise funds to enable us to keep the services we offer for free. Their contribution is a great help to our ongoing, and much needed, cause.’

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