Major boost for Haven Centre Appeal
The Haven Centre Appeal, which aims to develop in Inverness Scotland’s first integrated centre for children and young adults with multiple and complex needs, has received another major boost.
The Hugh Fraser Foundation has pledged to contribute £75,000 on delivery of the project, taking the appeal total to £1,200,000 and well on the way to the target of £4 million.
The Haven Centre Appeal is run by the Elsie Normington Foundation.
Appeal Chair, Andy Grzesinki, said: “Our sincere thanks go to the trustees of the Hugh Fraser Foundation for their very generous award. This pledge will enable us to lever further funds from other potential funders and grant giving agencies.”
Foundation Chair Elsie Normington added: “This project is a long term dream for a much needed facility – it just requires lots of persistence to see it become a reality! We are delighted that we have now reached £1.2 million. I never fail to be surprised by the warmth and generosity of the public and funding agencies. It is so hugely encouraging. Our joint aim to give those children and young people in most need the chances in life they so richly deserve.”
Dr Kenneth Chrystie, Chair of the Hugh Fraser Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be supporting such a worthy appeal. We were impressed with the ambition of the plans to provide Scotland’s first integrated centre for children and young people with the greatest needs in our communities and we wish the Appeal Committee the very best of luck in achieving their fund-raising goal.”
The Elsie Normington Foundation published plans for the Haven Centre earlier this year. The Foundation has earmarked a brownfield site at Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness, for the new complex. It was formerly the site of the Culloden Court Care Home, which was destroyed by fire in 2010. It has lain derelict since then.
It is also proposed to build three two-bedroomed respite houses, a community café to be run as a community enterprise, specialist play centres – both indoor and outdoor – as well office space, a number of meeting spaces and a community garden.