Stars donate auction prizes for Sue Ryder

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Bobby Gillespie, Annie Lennox and Calvin Harris support plans to expand care centre.

5th August 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A host of Scottish stars have donated auction prizes to raise funds for a care centre in Aberdeen.

Bobby Gillespie, Calvin Harris, Annie Lennox, Simple Minds, Sharleen Spiteri and Graeme Park have all given up items for the auction, which will support the expansion of the Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Care Centre.

The centre provides care for people aged 18 and over living with life changing neurological conditions such as brain injuries, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, stroke and motor neurone disease. 

Dee View Court is currently the only purpose-built specialist neurological centre in Scotland, and a planned expansion will allow its staff to help more people who need support.

Lennox, who is from Aberdeen, has donated a pair of tickets to her sold-out show in Glasgow on 26 September.

She said: “Centres such as Sue Ryder Dee View Court really improve the quality of life for those in the local community. As an Aberdonian, I’m honoured to be able to support the appeal.”

Sharleen Spiteri has donated two tickets for a Texas show, and will meet the winner backstage before the concert.

The singer, whose father has Parkinson’s, said: “I know from experience the difference that places such as Sue Ryder Dee View Court make for people who are living with neurological conditions.

“The charity needs to raise £3.9m to expand the centre and I really do wish them the best of luck in getting there.”

Other donations include tickets to a Simple Minds gig and signed vinyl from Primal Scream, Calvin Harris and Graeme Park.

Pamela Mackenzie, director of neurological services and Scotland at Sue Ryder said: “We are overwhelmed to have such amazing donations from Scotland’s most famous and loved musicians.

“Money raised from these donations will bring us one step closer to expanding Dee View Court and providing more specialist neurological care for people across Scotland.”