Friends run wild to raise £5,500 for neurological care
A group of Aberdeen friends have braved an endurance event, Challenge the Wild at Loch Tay, and tested their resolve and stamina to raise nearly £5,500 in support of Aberdeen Sue Ryder, Dee View Court, a neurological care centre.
The six-strong team, led by Claire Butter, a mortgage adviser with Buchan Wealth Management, participated in a series of challenges in the central Highlands during a gruelling weekend, trekking over five munros, canoeing through waterfalls, sleeping under the stars and eating chocolate-covered insects.
Dee View Court’s three-year capital appeal, which was launched in June and backed by the Press and Journal, aims to raise £3.9million to build an extension which will expand the existing round-the-clock care for people living with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease and acquired brain injury.
At the moment, the centre caters for 24 residents at its base in Kincorth, but it’s hoped to increase that number to 43.
After successfully navigating Loch Tay’s natural wonders and having plenty of fun along the way, the team has now encouraged the public to take the plunge and sign up to Challenge the Wild in support of the appeal.
Ms Butter said: “Challenge the Wild was certainly a challenge, but a great one that brought us all together and helped us achieve things we never thought possible.
“Even better is the fact that the money we raised between us will support the Sue Ryder Dee View Court capital appeal.
“What the centre does for people is truly remarkable and, with the extension, they will be able to help more people in Scotland who have complex neurological needs.”
The participants also raised awareness of their venture and boosted their fundraising total by hosting a rock ‘n’ roll bingo night at Goals in Aberdeen.
Guests tried their hand at musical bingo and took part in a raffle to raise just under £3,000 towards the fundraising total.
One of those involved, David Paterson, relished the experience and added: “I saw the Challenge the Wild event and thought it was time to push myself to try something new, and when I read more about Sue Ryder, I was amazed by the care the charity provides and its plans to expand its services.
“When the extension to Sue Ryder Dee View Court is finished, I will always remember the bingo night and that I, running about in the woods, helped raise the funds.”
To find out more and sign up to a Challenge the Wild event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about Sue Ryder Dee View Court and its capital appeal is available at www.sueryder.org/deeviewcourt