Field of Dreams moves a step closer to reality

Drena O'Malley and Provost Una Walker at the site of the proposed new building.
Drena O'Malley and Provost Una Walker at the site of the proposed new building.

A special appeal and a range of fundraising activities have been launched to help create a new Deafblind Scotland centre in Lenzie.

The charity’s Golden Mile appeal hopes to gather 70,000 pound coins which, figuratively speaking, will cover a one mile trail, from the charity’s headquarters at Lenzie Railway Station to the ‘Field of Dreams’ site on Initiative Road.

That’s where they want to build the new £1.3million learning and development centre.

Deafblind Scotland is asking local organisations, schools, and businesses to make them their charity of choice in 2014/15 and help make this very special dream come true for deafblind people.

East Dunbartonshire Provost Una Walker is also backing the appeal.

S&G Electrical, in Kirkintilloch, have chosen to fundraise for the ‘Field of Dreams’ this year.

Manager David Baxter said: “We chose DBS because they play a full part in the local community and we want to help them achieve this wonderful new building which the community can be proud of.”

Steve Mason, from Lenzie, got a brochure through the letterbox and immediately phoned Deafblind Scotland to say he hopes to raise funds for them in 2015 when he undertakes a 20,000 mile cycle ride from the South of Argentina all the way to Alaska.

Drena O’Malley, initiatives officer at Deafblind Scotland, said: “A target of £1.3 million means we need a whole lot of people to support us if we are to make this happen.

“We have 10k, half or full marathon places in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May and we have places in the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil in June for those who like a challenge.

“But if you’d like something more leisurely, Deafblind Scotland’s Gala Ball is on Friday, March 28, in the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow.

“The cast of River City will be well represented and a few last-minute tickets are still available, at attractive prices.

“And a very special auction item will be available on the night. John Lowrie Morrison has donated a specially commissioned painting to be auctioned in aid of ‘Field of Dreams’ and it is expected to create great interest.”

Deafblind Scotland’s eighth annual 10k Canal Race and 5k Fun Run will take place on Saturday, April 12, at the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs.

The event is supported by Kirkintilloch Olympians and Springburn Harriers.

For more information and to enter, visit

For tickets to the Gala Ball, call 0141 777 5823.