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Oil Tycoon Donates Multi-storey Car Park to Local Hospital

Sir Ian Wood, made a fortune out of the Aberdeen oil business - he founded the John Wood Group, a multinational oil and gas services company headquartered in Aberdeen. He has donated large sums to local charities over the years and has now given 10 million to the National Health Service (NHS) to build a multistorey car park at the Foresterhill healthcare campus in Aberdeen.

It is believed to be the biggest private donation to the health service in Scotland and stems from the experiences of friends and relatives of Sir Ian and his wife, Lady Helen, who have struggled to park at the complex.

Car parking is free on the campus - which houses the city's Royal Infirmary, as well as a children's hospital unit (picture here of that building is © Donald Thomas via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page ) and a maternity unit - putting existing spaces under severe pressure. The new car park, which also will be free, will provide an extra 1,000 places.

"Everyone in the northeast of Scotland has their own story about trying to get to the hospital and not finding a car parking space," Sir Ian said.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2015

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