Aberdeen charity abseil helps boost funds for Dee View Court
Dee View Court Neurological Care Centre is set to receive a boost in funds of over £1,000 thanks to an employee from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) Aberdeen depot.
Paul Carnie, Connections Manager at the Ashgrove Road West depot, abseiled 131 feet from the summit of the iconic AECC Northern Lights Tower to raise funds for Sue Ryder’s Dee View Capital Appeal.
Dee View Court is Scotland’s only purpose-built specialist care centre providing round-the-clock care for people with long-term and degenerative neurological conditions – such as Huntington’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease – as well as those with conditions resulting from a brain or spinal injury or stroke.
24 people between the ages of 18-65 call Dee View Court their home. However, as the only purpose-built care centre in the country, the waiting list is full, and demand continues to grow. The £3.9m appeal aims to expand the centre to reach more people in need of specialist care and support.
Commenting on the abseil, Paul said:
“I’m delighted as part of our Be the Difference programme, I was able to take a day away from my day job to complete this abseil, raising funds to contribute to Sue Ryder’s ambitious goal to expand Dee View Court and secure an additional 20 bedrooms, and ultimately lifelines, for people in the local community.
“I had a great day doing the abseil as I was using skills I had learned doing rescue training from my overhead power line days many, many years ago.”
As part of SSEN’s ‘Be the Difference’ programme, SSEN employees are encouraged to take a day away from their usual job and volunteer to help local charities and community projects of their choice.
The programme has helped over 3,000 community projects since its initial launch in 2010 with employees undertaking beach cleans, gardening, school presentations, event marshalling, painting, tree cutting, dog walking, sports coaching and participation in fundraising events to name but a few.
For more information on the £3.9m appeal, visit Sue Ryder’s website.