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ICYMI: Showtime for Haven Appeal in Inverness


By Val Sweeney


Fraser Donaldson.
Fraser Donaldson.

YOUNG performers have raised £1400 by staging their own show to help severely disabled children in the Highlands.

Fraser Donaldson helped to organise the concert at the Merkinch Community Centre in Inverness in support of the £4 million Haven Appeal.

The aim is to develop Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young people with severe disabilities at a derelict site in Smithton.

Fraser, a 10-year-old piano and accordion player, of Scorguie Drive,was joined by other young performers before a packed audience.

They included musicians, Highland dancers, the Inverness Gaelic School choir, a ukulele band and soloists.

The idea for the fundraiser was sparked from a conversation between his grandmother, Elizabeth Fraser, who runs dancing classes at the community centre, and its development manager, Elsie Normington who founded the Elsie Normington Foundation.

The foundation is behind the appeal to develop the Haven Centre which will feature respite houses, a community café and garden, specialist play centres, office and meeting spaces.

Mrs Normington was delighted with the youngsters’ support.

“It was a fantastic effort from everyone,” she said.

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