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As the saying goes, big things are built one brick at a time. And thanks to the North-East community, Sue Ryder is building a better future for people with neurological conditions.

Since launching a PS3.9 million capital appeal to extend its Aberdeen neurological care centre, Dee View Court, over 50 supporters have donated or pledged to raise PS1,000 to buy a 'brick' for the project. Dee View Court currently provides 24/7 care to people aged 18-65 living with longterm neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's, but with a waiting list nearly double its existing capacity, an expansion is desperately required.

Individuals and companies across the North-East have been taking part in the charity's Brick by Brick initiative to support the creation of twenty new rooms at Dee View Court, including local accounting and finance consultants, Hutcheon Mearns.

The firm was inspired to get involved after learning that Dee View Court is the only specialist purpose built neurological care centre in Scotland.

Craig Hutcheon, Founding Partner of Hutcheon Mearns said: "I was impressed that we have this amazing facility on our doorstep, however with only 24 spaces and there being a particular need for neurological care in the area, it really hit home just how important this expansion is and how many more people need to benefit from this specialist care.

"An incredible amount of work has been done to raise PS2.9 million of the PS3.9 million required, but there's still a huge hurdle to get over - one final million to raise - to finish the project. In support, we've taken on a range of challenges including fire walking and a bungee jump. Hutcheon Mearns has also pledged PS5 for every new candidate registration within its recruitment business in 2019. We're well on our way to raising a brick."

Lynne Hamilton who works for Pike + Bambridge, was inspired to get involved after meeting some of the Dee View Appeal team. She said: "I have a number of friends living with multiple sclerosis so I know how much of an impact a bigger Dee View Court will have.

"I had a couple of ideas about how to raise my brick and I eventually decided on organising a Gin and Sing event at Eat on the Green. It was a fantastic day with an amazing atmosphere. I had hoped to reach at least one brick but in the end over PS3,000 - three bricks - was raised! I'm delighted."

Lynne - along with all others who have raised a brick for the appeal - will be recognised in a special mural in the new extension when it is complete later this year.

Lynne said: "I would encourage anybody considering organising an event to raise bricks to do so; if I can do it, then so can you."

Adam Maitland and Craig Hutcheon Could you join Sue Ryder's team of builders and donate or raise PS1,000 to buy a brick for the Dee View Appeal? Email us at: deeview.appeal@sueryder.org or tel: 07974 262419 or visit: sueryder.org/brickbybrick

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Lynne Hamilton with the owner of Eat on the Green, Craig Wilson

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:May 29, 2019
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