Dame Anne Begg has boosted moves to make the Music Hall accessible to everyone as part of its £8.7 million transformation.
The former Labour MP not only gave advice on the plan, but also donated £500 towards building a new granite-clad entrance ramp at the front of the iconic Union Street building.
The ramp, together with state-of-the-art lifts, will mean the Music Hall will have street to seat access for all for the first time.
Dame Anne’s contribution was made as part of Project Stepping In, which invites people to donate towards the renovation and fitting out of the building.
She said: “I am delighted to contribute in a small way towards the refurbishment of the Music Hall and particularly towards making the whole building wheelchair accessible for the first time in its history.”
Dame Anne, who was the first permanent wheelchair user of the House of Commons since 1880, said there was an “imaginative solution” to providing wheelchair access through the Music Hall’s front door.
She added: “I am particularly looking forward to sitting in the balcony for the first time and experiencing the Music Hall’s famous acoustic at its best.
“This is an exciting time for the Music Hall – Aberdeen Performing Arts has risen to the challenge of turning a 200-year-old-building into one fit for the 21st Century and making it accessible for everyone, regardless of their disability.”
Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Jane Spiers said that from the beginning of the transformation project, APA had been determined to tackle barriers to access to ensure the Music Hall is inclusive to all.
She said: “Dame Anne’s advice and expertise along the way has been invaluable and her generous donation towards the new entrance ramp is greatly appreciated.”
There are more than 150 items available to sponsor as part of Project Stepping In, from £10 to £25,000, including light switches, chairs and even a new glass feature wall.
For more details visit projectstepping.com