Big Hearted Business Provides £10,000 Boost to Charity Appeal

10th Sep 2014

An Aberdeenshire fuel company has donated £10,000 in a generous show of support for a north-east fundraising campaign.

Tipperty-based firm Connon Brothers Coal and Oil has thrown its weight behind the New Lease of Life appeal by Simeon Care for the Elderly, becoming the biggest corporate donor to date.

Simeon is currently home to 18 older people but the ongoing appeal will enable a new facility to be built within the grounds of the existing facility, with construction already underway. The aim is to significantly improve the current care home services to the elderly and to boost capacity by providing 23 en-suite bedrooms. The building on land at Cairnlee Road in Bieldside, designed by Camphill Architects, features dementia-friendly design and a commitment to energy efficient technology. 

The £2million fundraising campaign has attracted significant support and is more than half way to meeting its ambitious target.

Gayle Johnston, Simeon’s fundraising manager, said: “The Connon Brothers donation really is phenomenal and we cannot thank everyone at the company enough. We were absolutely speechless when we were told about the figure involved. 

“Every contribution, large or small, is valuable to us and having met with the team from Connon Brothers there was a real sense of warmth towards the appeal and what we are aiming to achieve. That, as much as the donation, was so heartening and has given us all a real boost.

“We have wonderful backing on every level, from individual and community fundraising to grant support and corporate donations – including this incredible gesture from Connon Brothers. It really has been a fantastic effort and we’re keen to keep building momentum.”

Connon Brothers is a leading supplier of fuel to homes, farms and businesses throughout the North-east as well as being the premier supplier of coal and smokeless fuel. The company, with more than 35 years of experience in the industry, prides itself on its role in the North-east community as a supplier, employer and supporter of good causes.

The £10,000 donated to Simeon will be used to fund a feature fireplace in the main communal area of the new complex, providing a focal point for residents and visitors and helping to maintain the warm and traditional feel at the heart of the building’s design. 

Simeon, an independent charity which is part of the Camphill Movement and one of seven Camphill charities in Aberdeen, is continuing to seek the support of companies, organisations and individuals for the New Lease of Life appeal. Further information is available online at www.simeoncare.org.uk or from fundraising manager Gayle Johnston on 01224 865820 or gayle@simeoncare.org.uk.

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