Giving Tree Launch 2017


ABERDEEN based charity, Instant Neighbour joined the Lord Provost today (15 November) to officially launch their 27th Giving Tree Christmas Appeal.

The annual Giving Tree appeal distributes new gifts to young people across the North-east of Scotland who otherwise would not receive a gift at Christmas.

Instant Neighbour expects to distribute around 6000 new gifts, donated by the public, this year to young people throughout the North-east from as far north as Elgin to Laurencekirk.

Chief Executive of Instant Neighbour, Sophy Green, said: “Instant Neighbour is proud to be launching the 27th Giving Tree Appeal. It is at this time of the year that we recognise that not all young people receive much at Christmas and we are delighted to co-ordinate the delivery of happiness across the North-east. We simply could not do this without the support of the citizens of Aberdeen City and Shire and I want to thank you all in advance for your support.

“There is a huge amount of work involved in making the Appeal a success and I can’t thank our volunteers enough who help sort and distribute the gifts. I would also like to thank our main sponsors Chevron who give so generously to the Appeal and have done throughout its 27-year history.”

Alex Yelland, Chevron Upstream Europe’s Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager, said: “Chevron supports its local communities by partnering with organisations that are focused on health, education and economic development. We have been working with Instant Neighbour for over 25 years and we are pleased to be supporting an organisation that provides practical help, advice and support, through initiatives like the Giving Tree, to help people living in our local communities.” W 57

The Giving Tree appeal will run from 15 November until 6 December. People from across the region are asked to take a gift tag from one of the Christmas Trees displayed throughout the city and shire. The tag will feature the name and age of a young person to buy a new gift for, which should then be returned either unwrapped or in a gift bag, with the tag attached to one of the drop off points listed on the tag by Wednesday 6 December.


For more information please contact:

  Alex Reid    
  Giving Tree Co-ordinator    
Phone: 01224 489955    

  4 comments for “Giving Tree Launch 2017

  1. KAREN Taylor
    November 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm


    Where can I collect a card from? I live in Bucksburn.

    • Yasmine M'Zoughi
      November 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Karen,
      There is a list of tag collection / drop off points under the Giving Tree tab on our website.
      Thanks for your support.

  2. Robert Angus
    November 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Hi, is there a reason the gift should not be wrapped .

    • Yasmine M'Zoughi
      November 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Robert, thanks for your question – as I’m sure you will understand, we need to be able to check the gifts that are donated to us, and also we find that most of the children’s parents prefer to see what gifts their child is receiving prior to Christmas. We appreciate that people want to wrap their donated gifts and so we suggest the use of gift bags as opposed to wrapping paper, so they can be checked and then distributed.
      Thank you for your support.

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