An Aberdeen family has donated a whopping £50,000 to an Aberdeen charity’s fundraising appeal.
The Stevenson family, which owns real estate firm GSS Developments in the city’s West End, gifted the money to Charlie House as part of its Big Build Appeal.
The charity, which supports babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and/or life- limiting conditions, launched its campaign in November, and aims to raise £8 million.
The money will be used to build a state-of-the-art facility in four acres of land at Woodend Hospital.
The donation by the family, which has a history of giving to various charities and organisations across the north-east, builds on the £1.6m pot for the appeal.
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Tim Stevenson, director of GSS Developments, said: “Having heard of the fantastic work Charlie House carries out and about their long-term vision of the Big Build project, we really wanted to support in some way.
“It is good to know that the funds will make an impact locally and that it will support a life-changing project supporting families right on our doorstep.”
The money will go towards the building of the centre, which will include a sensory room, library, spa pool, craft room, teen den, soft play area, therapy room, star room for end-of-life care and bereavement, outdoor play area and sensory gardens.
There will also be adaptable meeting space and office space which will be used by staff at the charity.
It will be the first of its kind in the north-east, with families currently having to travel more than 100 miles to the nearest similar facility, which is at Kinross.
Susan Crighton, director of fundraising at Charlie House, said: “We are very grateful to the Stevenson family for their very generous donation.
“This is a significant sum to be added to the appeal funds raised to date and brings our amount raised for the build to £1.6m, which is incredible. We still have a long way to go and are continuing to raise awareness of the charity, and our appeal would like to take this opportunity to thank the north-east for their generous support so far.”
Charlie House also supports north-east families by running activity clubs, siblings’ clubs, providing support from the Charlie House community nurse, one-to-one emotional, practical support from the children and family support manager and holding an annual adventure trip to Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland.
Charlie House is hoping to raise £8 million for its Big Build Appeal to build and maintain the new centre.
A whopping £1.6m of the funds has already been secured through generous supporters but now a public fundraising campaign has been launched, to which you can donate and help Charlie House’s vision become a reality. Visit bit.ly/2ROBktF or call 01224 313333.