An Aberdeen social care charity has launched an appeal for additional support amid the coronavirus pandemic.
VSA posted a video message on its social media channels featuring chief executive Kenneth Simpson calling on the people of the north-east to dig deep to support the organisation.
The charity, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, provides care to vulnerable people across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including elderly people and those battling mental health issues.
Funds raised will go towards the charity’s support services, such as holding mental health counselling sessions over video link or the provision of support workers.
Kenneth said: “The coronavirus outbreak is one of the most challenging things we will have to face in our lifetime.
“Now, more than ever, VSA needs your help to support the people of Aberdeen city and shire.
“We have residential sites across the area and our staff are working tirelessly to ensure loved ones are being cared for and that they do not feel alone or isolated during this time.
“I want to say thank you for the generosity of the people who have already given their time and resources to help us.
“It’s fantastic to see such a community spirit.
“I know it is a worrying time for all of us and we are concerned about our own circumstances.
“However, if you can, please support us, whether that’s £1 or £10 or whatever you can afford. This would be greatly appreciated.”
The charity was previously forced to cancel several events marking its 150th anniversary as a result of Covid-19, even before restrictions were introduced.
Any money raised through its coronavirus appeal will go towards ensuring VSA can continue to care for the people who need it most across Aberdeen and the rest of the north-east.
Kenneth added: “It will help us provide additional support staff to look after and care for the vulnerable, or iPads and other digital technologies so our residents can maintain vital contact with their loved ones and keep their minds stimulated throughout this long period of confinement.
“It can provide vital mental health support and counselling sessions via video technology.
“This is our 150th year of providing the best of care to vulnerable people in the north-east of Scotland.
“Please help us if you can; 100% of every pound donated will go directly to the Covid-19 response.”
To donate, visit vsa.org.uk Cheques can be sent to the charity’s office at 38 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5YU.