THE Inverness Courier is to extend its support for an ambitious fundraising appeal to create a purpose-built facility in Inverness for children and young people with multiple and complex needs.
The paper chose to back the Haven Appeal as part of its 200th anniversary celebrations.
Although the special year drew to a close this week, the Courier announced it will continue to champion the £4 million appeal launched by the Elsie Normington Foundation.
The proposed Haven Centre – a first for Scotland – will be built in Murray Road, Smithton.
It will include respite houses, a community café and garden, specialist indoor and outdoor play areas, office and meeting spaces.
Elsie Normington, the foundation’s chairman, was delighted with the paper’s support for the appeal which has raised £1.12 million so far.
“We feel very honoured and privileged the Courier has chosen us as its charity,” she said.
“As a result, it has brought a huge level of awareness about our vision.”
The charity will be raising its profile and funds at a Gruffalo walk at Culloden Woods tomorrow when the Rainbow Singers and Singing For Pleasure will perform in front of the crowds.
A Question of Sport fundraiser is also being held at the Kingsmills Hotel on Friday March 29. Tickets for tables of 10 are being sold and there will be a raffle and auction.
Talks have also been taking place with schools and community groups in Smithton about the launch of a crowd funding campaign to be launched in the first part of 2019.