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Jun 20, 2024

Ithaca Energy donates £46,000 to local children’s charity, AberNecessities

AberNecessities, an Aberdeen-based children’s charity dedicated to supporting local families in need, is delighted to announce the continued and strengthened partnership with Ithaca Energy, a leading independent oil and gas operator in the North Sea.

Ithaca Energy’s unwavering dedication to community well-being is underscored by their total donation of £46,000 since December 2023, further solidifying their commitment to making a positive impact in the community.

Ithaca Energy initially joined forces with AberNecessities as the Headline Sponsor for the charity’s annual Christmas campaign, ‘Believing in magic’, contributing £20,000 to the cause. This substantial donation provided critical support during the festive season, ensuring that families facing financial hardship could experience the joy and magic of the holidays.

Building upon an initial £20,000 contribution in December 2023, Ithaca Energy has extended its support with an additional donation of £26,000 to AberNecessities. This further support will be directed towards AberNecessities’ Sweet Dreams campaign for Q2 and Q3 of 2024.

The Sweet Dreams campaign aims to address a fundamental need within the community by providing beds, mattresses, and bedding to children and families in need, gifting an average of 20 beds every month to local children. From cosy moses baskets for newborns to spacious double beds for teens, these gifts provide comfort, stability, and a sense of security. Better sleep quality positively impacts physical and mental health and overall well-being.

“A child having their own bed isn’t just about a place to sleep; it’s about creating a safe space where a child can grow, relax and dream.”

AberNecessities is proud to be working alongside its continued long-standing partnership with Sainsbury and Sons. This collaboration ensures that the charity receives beds at cost price, which are then delivered directly to local families free of charge. This invaluable support allows AberNecessities to extend its reach and provide essential comfort to children in need.

Danielle Flecher-Horn, Founder of AberNecessities, expressed profound gratitude for Ithaca Energy’s continued support, stating, “The generosity of Ithaca Energy has been nothing short of extraordinary. Their ongoing commitment to our work enables us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families in our community and we are forever grateful to their incredible team. A child having their own bed isn’t just about a place to sleep; it’s about creating a safe space where a child can grow, relax and dream. We are also incredibly grateful for our partnership with Sainsbury and Sons their continued generosity in providing and delivering beds to families has been a cornerstone of our work to support the well-being of children in our community.”

Julie McAteer, representing Ithaca Energy, reiterated the company’s dedication to corporate social responsibility, saying, “We are delighted to provide support to AberNecessities’ ‘Sweet Dreams campaign’ and we are passionate to support the charity’s vision of positively impacting the lives of local children. Beyond our initial donation’s, teams from across Ithaca Energy have proudly committed their time by volunteering and fundraising to support the charity’s fantastic work in the community.”


Currently, 1 in 5 children across Aberdeen City and Shire are struggling with the harsh reality of poverty amidst the ever-worsening cost of living crisis. In response to this urgent need, AberNecessities ensures local families facing hardship have access to the basic essentials they need for their well-being and development. To date, AberNecessities has supported over 18,000 local children with the essentials that No Child Should Go Without.

For more information or to support AberNecessities, please visit www.abernecessities.co.uk.

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