Jemma raises cash for disability charity

A Peterhead girl has raised funds for a new garden at a disability charity’s respite service.

Jemma Paterson, who works as a relief worker for local disability charity Inspire, helped raise the funds for the charities new garden at their respite service in Ellon.

The project, for which over £6,000 was raised and took six weeks to complete, was undertaken by a team of Inspire staff, Clydesdale Bank workers and the Rotary Club of Ellon who together fundraised, built and developed the new garden, along with Kirktown Garden Centre in Stonehaven, who provided plants and ornaments.

Jemma, who’s sister Amy also works for Inspire, told the Buchanie: “We wanted the people we support at th service to get the best use of the garden and decided to make it more welcoming and enjoyable, with a complete re design from what was previously an uneven, hill like surface to what is now a beautifully-laid decked flat surface, perfect for the people we support to enjoy.

“We hope to add into the garden in the coming months by adding in plants, accessories and equipment too.

“A huge thank you to the Inspire, Clydesdale Bank and Rotary Club of Ellon staff who fundraised and assisted with this project and we can’t wait for summer to come and make the most of the new garden!”

Zoë Barbour, fundraising and events officer at Inspire, added: “It is great for Inspire that Jemma has fundraised for this project.

“To do this as well as her relief work at Inspire too is great and we are very grateful to Jemma and Amy too for their effort. We can’t wait to see the garden opened and ready to enjoy for the people we support.”

The garden officially opened on Sunday, April 7, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Inspire staff, people supported by Inspire and families, as well as representatives from the Clydesdale Bank and Rotary Club of Ellon.

The charity itself, Inspire, empower the life choices of children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs in North East Scotland.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved with Inspire should contact head office on 01224 280005, email fundraising@inspireonline.org.uk or visit www.inspireonline.org.uk.