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Raising much needed funds for local children’s health charity, The Archie Foundation:

Earlier this year we were contacted by Ian Stewart who had committed to run in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for The Archie Foundation, the official charity of  child health in the North of Scotland.

The team at Thistle Windows & Conservatories donated £200 to help Ian towards his goal of raising £3,000 for the charity that has contributed so much in ensuring his young son, Ewan, has the care and facilities needed during his intensive Chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital.  We would like to share Ian’s story below:

In May 2012 my 2 year old son Ewan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). ALL is a fast growing cancer of the white blood cells.

Since diagnosis in May Ewan has been going through intensive Chemotherapy at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH). His treatment consists of 3 years of Chemotherapy broken into 2 stages; Stage 1 – 8 months of intensive Chemotherapy; followed by Stage 2: 28 months of maintenance Chemotherapy.

While this has been a life changing event for Ewan, all the family and close friends, it has been made more bearable by the hospital and the contributions that the Archie foundation have made. These include pull out parent beds beside every patient bed in the hospital; parent accommodation on site within the hospital; funding for play areas on every ward & funding for specialist nurses. Archie also provide grants for parents whose children are undergoing medical treatment to assist them.

In May 2013 I will be running the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for the Archie foundation.

Please follow the blog below to find out how the training is going, and for updates on how Ewan is getting on.


More information on the Archie foundation and the sterling work it does can be found at the following link:


Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

We are delighted to announce that Ian succesfully completed the 26.2 mile marathon bang on the 5 hour, 30 minute mark – the longest run he had ever done by some 16 miles and has manaaged to raise a whopping £4,315.49 at the time of writing, well over the £3,000 target he had been aiming for.  All of our best wishes go out to Ian, Ewan and their family and friends!

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