Staff and pa­tients boosted by visit

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Scot­land’s only pur­pose­built spe­cial­ist neu­ro­log­i­cal cen­tre, the Sue Ry­der Dee View Court in Kin­corth, was the other stop on the monarch’s itin­er­ary.

The cen­tre pro­vides hos­pice and neu­ro­log­i­cal care for 24 peo­ple fac­ing life-chang­ing con­di­tions in­clud­ing Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

Va­lerie Maxwell, its di­rec­tor, gave the Queen a tour of the fa­cil­ity, in­tro­duc­ing her to staff, pa­tients and donors.

She said: “We’re all over­whelmed but so ex­cited for the staff and res­i­dents here. It has been a huge boost, recog­nis­ing all the hard work our staff do.

“This morn­ing when they were get­ting the res­i­dents ready, they all wanted their best out­fits on. That was quite mov­ing for a lot of us as staff as well.”

The char­ity is in the process of rais­ing £3.9mil­lion in or­der to build a new wing and cater for 20 ad­di­tional res­i­dents.

Elva Black is one of the cen­tre’s long­est-serv­ing vol­un­teers, hav­ing con­trib­uted to Sue Ry­der for 12 years. She said: “It was a very spe­cial mo­ment, and un­be­liev­able to think that the Queen was speak­ing to me.”

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