Historical Landmark Building Illuminated in Support of Local Children’s Charity Appeal

An historic local landmark building will be bathed in orange light this week and next as a sign of support for local children’s charity Charlie House and its ‘Big Build Appeal’.

Crathes Castle in Banchory, which stands against a backdrop of rolling hills and is set within its own gardens, will be illuminated in the charity’s recognisable bold orange colour from 14th to the 21st November to mark its support of the ‘Big Build Appeal’, which launches today 

Charlie House launched its public ‘Big Build Appeal’ to engage and call on people in the North-east of Scotland to support its three-year fundraising campaign to raise £8million for the Charlie House Specialist Support Centre. 

The specialist support centrewhich will support babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, will be built in the grounds of Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen. It will be an 8-bedroom centre, with additional family accommodation, set in 4 acres of ground. The state-of-the-art building will feature a sensory room, library, spa pool, craft room, teen den, soft play area, therapy room, star room, for end-of-life care & bereavement, outdoor play area and sensory gardens as well as adaptable meeting space and office space for the Charlie House team and medical staff. 

The charity held a drop-in event at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa to mark the ‘Big Build Appeal’ launch, which saw invited guests attend to view the plans, hear from Charlie House Chair Tracy Johnstone, find out more about the centre and how to get involved. The build will be the first of its kind in the North-east of Scotland with families currently having to travel over 100 miles to Kinross to access planned and emergency short breaks, palliative and end-of-life care.  

Susan Crighton, director of fundraising at Charlie House, says, “We are very grateful to the National Trust for Scotland for showing its support in this way. Crathes Castle is such a beautiful landmark building and to have it lit up in our striking orange brand colour is spectacular.” 

James Henderson, operations manager – Aberdeenshire South, of the National Trust for Scotland, says, “We are delighted to show our support of the Charlie House Big Build Appeal by illuminating Crathes Castle. The North-east is very proud of its landmark buildings and the Charlie House specialist support centre will go on to become a distinct and essential building in the Aberdeen landscape. As a region and as individuals we should be proud to support and welcome this. 

To find out more about Charlie House and to donate to the Big Build Appeal please visit https://www.charliehouse.org.uk/support-us/ways-to-give/donate/

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