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McInnes Group lends a hand in charity café renovation

Posted 15/05/17

A popular café in the Eastgate Centre, Inverness, has undergone a major makeover, thanks to big-hearted local tradesmen and women.

The ARCHIE café, which supports the work of local children’s charity The ARCHIE Foundation, offers a wide range of fresh food with a dedicated play area for small children in the heart of the Highland capital.  

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses who donated materials and labour to the project, the café now has some “sparkling brand new bathrooms, as well as a rebrand of the café, which includes new signage, décor and a delicious new menu” said Laura MacKintosh, head of the charity’s activities in the Highlands.

Scott Murray, commercial director with the McInnes Group who carried out the installment of the new bathrooms, said: “The McInnes Group is delighted to help support The ARCHIE Foundation by installing new sanitaryware at the ARCHIE Cafe in the Eastgate Centre.  In helping to upgrade the toilets, the McInnes Group also hopes this will help to improve the customer experience at the cafe.”       

Lorna Cameron of Tulloch Homes, who provided labour to the project added: “We are delighted to be able to help ARCHIE by providing joinery works at the toilets for its busy café in the Eastgate Centre. The café is an important fundraiser for The ARCHIE Foundation, a charity making such a difference for sick children and their families by providing specialist equipment, grants, training for NHS staff and toys to make a child’s stay in hospital less daunting.

“Last year, we marked our 90###sup/sup### anniversary by donating £25,000 to help push ARCHIE’S state of the art children’s facility at Raigmore Hospital towards the finishing line. It’s great that this unit is now open, providing an invaluable service for the Highlands.”

Walter Geddes from Sharon Leon, which assisted with the flooring for the newly designed bathrooms, said: “We are delighted to have supported The ARCHIE Foundation with the refurb of the toilets at the ARCHIE Café in the Eastgate Centre.

“It’s a wonderful charity that works hard to give the children in the Highlands the facilities and care they need.”

Neil MacDonald of SIG, who donated the wet wall for the renovation, said:  “SIG have supported the ARCHIE Foundation over the years through various different events and were delighted to be asked to support with the renovation of the café.  We asked one of our key suppliers Nu-Style Products in Aberdeen if they would join us in supporting this project and they were quick to respond and support us in supplying the wet wall materials.  The ARCHIE Foundation is a vital charity in the North of Scotland and I have seen personally the excellent work they do for children and their families in the area and I hope that their services grow stronger for years to come.”

Laura Mackintosh head of fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, Highlands and Western Isles, said: “The ARCHIE café has had a real facelift and is now an even nicer place to have a snack or a tea or coffee.

“We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses that supported the project and without their time and generosity we wouldn’t have been able to achieve such a good result.”

The ARCHIE Café serves fresh food every day of the week. 


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