Published: 12/11/2017 19:00 - Updated: 10/11/2017 11:05

Complex needs centre appeal given £1000 gift

Written byVal Sweeney


Elsie Normington
Elsie Normington accepts a donation for the Haven Appeal from Malcolm MacBean.

AN ambitious fundraising campaign to develop Scotland’s first integrated centre for children and young adults with multiple and complex needs has been given a £1000 boost.

The Haven Appeal received the donation from the charity, the Order of St John Scotland’s Highland Committee.

The appeal is being promoted by the Elsie Normington Foundation which aims to build the Haven Centre on a brownfield site in Murray Road, Smithton.

It will include three two-bedroomed respite houses, a community cafe, indoor and outdoor specialist play areas plus offices and a community garden.

More than £560,915 has been raised towards the £4 million target.

Malcolm MacBean, chairman of the Order of St John Scotland’s Highland Committee, visited the site with Mrs Normington who founded the foundation.

"St John Scotland is a Scottish charity dedicated to saving and enhancing life and we wish the Elsie Normington Foundation every success with its appeal," he said.

Mrs Normington’s 33-year-old son, Andrew,  has multiple and complex needs although he lives independently with support.

She recognised the need for services and facilities for children and young people with such needs.

"I am delighted to receive this cheque from yet another community organisation which cares about this vision for our most vulnerable in the Highlands," Mrs Normington said.

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