Friends run wild to raise £5,500 for neu­ro­log­i­cal care

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FEATURES -

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 dee­view.ap­peal@suery­

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Sue Ry­der Dee View Court and its cap­i­tal ap­peal is avail­able at www.suery­­view­court

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