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the gift that keeps on giving

Local Aberdeen charity Instant Neighbour recently launched its 26th annual Giving Tree Appeal, which distributes thousands of gifts and toys each year to youngsters from as far north as Elgin all the way south to Laurencekirk.

"The Giving Tree is all about making sure every child experiences the joy of opening a gift at Christmas, no matter their circumstances. At Chevron we are proud to support that aim in our communities across the city and shire," said Alex Yelland, Chevron Upstream Europe's (CUE) Policy, Government and Public Affairs manager, during the recent launch event in Aberdeen.

Now in its 26th year, the Giving Tree Appeal has gone from strength to strength. Sophy Green, Instant Neighbour chief executive, goes into more detail: "Through this project we have established strong links across the whole community, including businesses such as Chevron, schools, churches and individuals. This has enabled the continued success of this project and we are very grateful to everyone for their support."

CUE has supported the appeal since its inception and the business unit is once again providing Instant Neighbour with a facility (H1, formerly Seafield House) that will act as the wrapping and distribution centre for this year's appeal.

Thousands of gift tags, bearing the name and age of a child that the public can purchase gifts for, are currently on display across the city and shire. With more than 6,000 tags displayed across these venues, this year's appeal has the potential to be the biggest yet.

Following the launch event, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor George Adam, said: "I am delighted to once again launch this year's Giving Tree Appeal and to have the opportunity to publicly thank Instant Neighbour for the fantastic day-to-day work that they do.

"I would also like to thank Chevron for their long-term support of this important initiative. Chevron is a key business in the community, who in addition to this appeal, supports other health and education projects, and it's been my privilege as Lord Provost to see how these projects have benefitted the local community."

Alex added: "We have worked with Instant Neighbour for more than a quarter of a century now and that relationship has deepened over time. Year round, Instant Neighbour does phenomenal work providing vital support to those in our community who are most in need. Our employees give up their time to volunteer and also to raise contributions in support of essential services like the charity's 'Food Bank' and 'Safe & Sound' initiatives, which helps provide parents on low incomes with baby care essentials.

"For Chevron it’s a really important and valued relationship, and we wish every success for this year's appeal."

More information on Instant Neighbour can be found here.