Fi­nal push for Dee View Court funds

● Ap­peal to help care fa­cil­ity ex­ten­sion hit £3.9m tar­get

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY NEIL DRYS­DALE

No­body could ac­cuse the the team at Sue Ry­der of a lack of am­bi­tion when they re­vealed plans to ex­pand Scotland’s only spe­cial­ist neu­ro­log­i­cal cen­tre in Aberdeen in 2017. The char­ity was de­ter­mined to raise £3.9 mil­lion to cre­ate a ma­jor ex­ten­sion of its fa­cil­i­ties at Dee View Court to pro­vide round-the-clock care for more peo­ple with se­ri­ous con­di­tions such as mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, se­vere stroke, ac­quired brain in­jury and Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease.

The cam­paign has been in full flow since, and the builders are com­plet­ing the fi­nal stages of their re­fur­bish­ment with the first of the new res­i­dents al­ready set­tled.

But Sue Ry­der has urged in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies to pro­vide one last fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion to help them reach their tar­get.

Trevor Gar­lick, Dee View Court’s char­ity ap­peal chair­man, told The Press and Jour­nal he was grate­ful for the re­sponse but stressed there is still plenty of work to do.

He said: “I am de­lighted we are over the £3.1mil­lion mark and we have pledges from sev­eral lo­cal teams to help us get fur­ther. But it’s re­ally im­por­tant we have one fi­nal push to reach our tar­get. To­gether, we can help more peo­ple get the care they need.

“I’ve been com­ing to the site reg­u­larly and I’m re­ally proud of the ex­ten­sion and the whole team at Dee View Court. The pas­sion of the lo­cal com­mu­nity is hugely ev­i­dent in the sup­port they have given.

“The scaf­fold­ing is now down and the team has started the fit-out of the rooms and apart­ments. All the rooms are de­signed with hi-tech hoists, spe­cially de­signed beds and wheelchair ac­cess to the gar­dens.

“Rais­ing funds on this scale will al­ways be chal­leng­ing and our plans for Sue Ry­der Dee View Court are am­bi­tious. We are hugely grate­ful for all the sup­port that has got us this far... but we need to fin­ish.”

As Sue Ry­der’s di­rec­tor of neu­ro­log­i­cal ser­vices in Scotland, Pamela Macken­zie ap­pre­ci­ates the dif­fer­ence the cen­tre makes to res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies.

She re­alises de­mand al­ways out­strips the num­ber of places avail­able, but is con­vinced the new fa­cil­i­ties will pro­vide sub­stan­tial ben­e­fits for ev­ery­body at the cen­tre.

She said: “Neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions can af­fect any­one at any time, af­fect­ing peo­ple in very dif­fer­ent and com­plex ways but ul­ti­mately im­pact­ing ev­ery as­pect of some­one’s life. Spe­cial­ist care and sup­port is needed, whether at home or in res­i­den­tial care. We are ex­pand­ing Sue Ry­der Dee View Court so we can give more peo­ple a chance to get the most out of life by giv­ing them the care they need and de­serve.

“By pro­vid­ing more beds and cre­at­ing ad­di­tional apart­ments, we will be able to pro­vide on­go­ing sup­port for a larger num­ber of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“The apart­ments are geared to­wards the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of peo­ple who are able to live more in­de­pen­dently but still need close ac­cess to care.”

At the out­set of the fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive, Sue Ry­der is­sued a strik­ing pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion called Don’t Write Me Off.

Dur­ing a tour of the com­plex, it is clear that is a mes­sage which still res­onates with the nurs­ing staff, ad­min­is­tra­tors, sup­port per­son­nel and vol­un­teers as they work to sup­port res­i­dents and hit their fi­nal tar­get.

To help, visit www.suery­der.org/ dee­viewap­peal

“Neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions can af­fect any­one at any time”

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als, the Sue Ry­der char­ity has al­ready raised well over £3 mil­lion to­wards the cost of ex­pand­ing its spe­cial­ist neu­ro­log­i­cal cen­tre in Aberdeen.

Its re­fur­bished Dee View Court in the city will of­fer round-the-clock care to peo­ple with se­ri­ous con­di­tions such as mo­tor neu­rone and Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­eases.

It will be a life­line to res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies, the fa­cil­i­ties it pro­vides will be a game-changer – and that’s why it’s so im­por­tant that peo­ple get be­hind the push to help the char­ity hit its £3.9 mil­lion Dee View Court fundrais­ing tar­get.

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