The Haven Appeal has received an early Christmas present with the award of a major grant.
The Robertson Trust, the largest independent trust in Scotland, is giving £380,000 towards the appeal, which aims to create Scotland’s first integrated centre for children and young people with multiple and complex needs in Inverness
The grant takes the appeal total to £940,000 and well on the way to the target of £4 million.
The Haven Appeal is run by the Elsie Normington Foundation.
Chair of the Appeal Committee Andy Grzesinki, former Group Managing Director of Macrae & Dick, said: “This is fabulous news from the Robertson Trust. We have been working hard over the past number of months to present a compelling case for support and we are all absolutely delighted at the award of such a major contribution. This gives us a very strong foundation from which to build in the months ahead as we set about the challenge of raising £4 million.”
Foundation Chairman Elsie Normington said: “What a boost for the appeal. This takes us very close to the £1 million mark and wouldn’t it be great if we can reach this milestone by Christmas! Our sincere thanks go to the trustees of the Robertson Trust for their very generous award. It is the perfect Christmas present for the Appeal.”
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 Haven Centre. 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 aslo 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.
Lesley Macdonald, Head of Giving with the Robertson Trust, said: “We were very impressed with the presentation made by the Directors of the Elsie Normington Foundation and are delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause, which will benefit children and young people in the Highlands who most deserve our help. We wish the new Haven Appeal the very best of luck in their fund-raising venture and there may be an opportunity for the Trust to play a role once the centre opens.”