It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were discussing at a management team meeting at the Recovery Centre best and most efficient use of space. Emily Stokes asked if there were any additional requirements– tentatively the suggestion of a Sun Lounge was made to enable more comfortable communal space for residents. It was agreed that this would be a good idea but how on earth would this be funded. That day turning the dream to reality and the money needed seemed very far away!!
However generous funding following a successful application to the Highland Cross for £45,000 quickly turned that dream into reality for us all, with Birchwood Highland adding to this sum to complete the build.
The 19th April 2017 will be a day forever etched in my memory; the day the Sun Lounge built by Sanderson Joinery was officially opened by Calum Munro and John Fraser from the Highland Cross in an afternoon tea celebration enjoyed by all present. Amongst guests were John Palmer, Chair of the Board of Directors and Emily Stokes, Birchwood Highland’s Chief Executive, residents, staff and some family members.
The achievement of participants in the Highland Cross is to me something special. Participants cross coast to coast through spectacular Scottish Highland scenery starting at Kintail in the west through the beauty and rugged scenery of Glen Affric and Strathglass to finish at Beauly in the east. Incredible as is the personal achievements of participants is the amount of money that the Highland Cross has raised over the years to the benefit of others. In 2016 the sum raised was the staggering amount of £277,189 and over the 34 years of the Highland Cross a total of £4.4 million have been raised to benefit Highland Communities. The Highland Cross needs as well as participants many volunteers to help coordinate the event and a number of residents, staff and directors were delighted to help out at the finishing line in the 2016 event.
The reason the day will be forever etched for me is that the Sun Lounge will always be a reminder that wishes and dreams can come true; that in the world are many good people and what incredible strength and power can be achieved when people pull together in a positive way for the greater good.
Birchwood Highland sincerely thanks the Highland Cross for the new Sun Lounge at the Recovery Centre.