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06 April 2017

Think…. support for Sue Ryder Dee View Court

The team at think is pleased to announce that this year, we’ll be donating our time and PR expertise to support Sue Ryder in its exciting Capital Appeal to raise funds to extend its neurological care centre, Dee View Court, in Aberdeen.

This week, Jenny and Lynsey from think were given a tour of Sue Ryder Dee View Court from Capital Appeal Manager Emma Leiper Finlayson, and were really encouraged to see the fantastic work taking place in the centre.

Dee View Court is currently Scotland’s only purpose-built specialist neurological centre which provides incredible care for people aged 18 and over living with complex neurological conditions, such as Huntington’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and acquired brain injuries.

The 22 people currently living there receive 24-hour care whilst having the freedom to pursue their passions and interests (we might join them for the weekly pampering afternoon!) however demand for spaces in the centre – a waiting list always sitting at 10-15 people - continues to grow, with demand not just from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but the whole country.

Recent research by Sue Ryder revealed that there are an estimated 1000 people in Scotland living with a neurological condition that are inappropriately placed in older people’s care homes, or living in hospitals for years. Just imagine being 30 years old, your world turned upside down by a neurological condition and not only are you no longer able to feed yourself, dress yourself, walk or work, but you’re also living in the wrong environment. That’s not a situation any of us would like to be in.

That’s why in June 2017, Sue Ryder will be launching a two-year £3.9million Capital Appeal to double the size of Dee View Court, which will include more bedrooms, apartments and specialist facilities -  and we are absolutely delighted to assist in this campaign.

Annabel Sall, CEO of think said: “This Capital Appeal is of huge importance not just in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but also for the whole of Scotland. A neurological condition can affect anyone, at any time, and we would all like to think that the appropriate support is in place should this happen to ourselves, or a loved one.

“The significance of this appeal, and what the outcome will achieve, is why we were so excited to offer our assistance. As well as supporting the campaign, we’re also really looking forward to helping raise Sue Ryder’s regional profile more generally, too.”