Staff and patients boosted by visit
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.”