A charity’s ambitious plans to create a purpose-built learning and development centre for deafblind people has taken a major step forward.
The £1.3million Deafblind Scotland project on the outskirts of Lenzie recently received a bumper cash boost and the charity’s fundraising drive has now reached more than £900,000.
Deafblind Scotland’s Drena O’Malley said: “The charity began in a borrowed office in Barrowfield Deafblind Complex in 1989 with 66 members and currently has 800 members across Scotland.”
The charity currently operates from a small office in Lenzie, but plans for the future are very much focussed on fundraising for, and building, a new purpose-built facility on their ‘Field of Dreams’ site in Lenzie.
Drena said: “The plans took a major leap forward recently when a cheque for £500,000 was presented to the charity by the executors of Mr G Neasham’s will, Martin Ferguson and Helen Whyte.
“This resulted in funds for ‘Field of Dreams’ reaching more than £900,000, which is almost 70 per cent of the total required – a real cause for celebration by and for deafblind people across Scotland.”
Deafblind Scotland recently celebrated 25 years of serving deafblind people by hosting a lunch in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow for 200 people, 70 of whom were deafblind people accompanied by a guide/communicator or a family member.
At the event, Michael Anderson, who is himself deafblind, and a director of Deafblind Scotland was presented with a Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award by Central Region MSP Margaret Mitchell. Michael received the award for his outstanding voluntary efforts in representing deafblind people in fundraising, and in teaching deafblind awareness in schools.