Final push for Dee View Court funds
● Appeal to help care facility extension hit £3.9m target
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.