Inspire appeals for Blue Toon fundraising groups

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A NORTH-EAST charity is appealing for kind-hearted Peterhead locals to assist them with fundraising activities over the next few months.

Inspire, one of Scotland’s leading charities with projects throughout the North-east, including three residential services in Peterhead, is hoping to encourage pro-active individuals to form a fundraising group to help raise essential money for a new appeal.

Fiona Poustie, head of fundraising and marketing at Inspire, said: “Our fundraising efforts are going to be concentrated in Peterhead until March.

“The National Trust for Scotland, in association with Tenant’s First, is currently renovating a property at historic Threadneedle Street, Peterhead. On completion, individuals who are currently supported within Inspire residential projects will move into this property.”

There is currently a shortfall in funding for the fixtures and fittings of the project.

Money is urgently required to provide specialist equipment to allow the individuals to enjoy a standard of living that others take for granted.

A £9,000 specialist height-adjustable bath seat is an essential piece of equipment for one person who will soon move into the property.

“This move will dramatically improve the quality of life of the individuals who will be supported there. The houses that they currently live in no longer best suit their requirements, but this new property will be purpose built allowing each individual to ultimately live as independent a life as possible,” Mrs Poustie added.

The appeal, which will launch in Peterhead at the beginning of December, will raise money for the equipment that will be required within the property.

Mrs Poustie hopes to encourage local residents to support this appeal and organise some of their own fundraising initiatives.

“This is a real community project and we hope to get the community involved as much as possible. Threadneedle Street is an important part of the town’s heritage dating back to late 18th century and the individuals who will be supported within the property are as much a part of the neighbourhood as anyone.

“In these turbulent economic times, it is important for members of a community to rally together and offer support and assistance to those who need it most,” she said.

Anyone who would like to get involved in this appeal is asked to contact Inspire’s community fundraiser, Sarah Farquhar, on 01224 289010 or at sarah.farquhar@inspiremail.org.uk.