Kerr unit appeal passes half-way mark

Half a million raised, and half a million still to go! That is the message from the fundraising team for The Margaret Kerr Unit as the public appeal to raise the 'final million' pounds reaches �500,000 today with the help of a cheque for over �123.00 from Borders College. From left, James Marjoribanks, appeal chairman, Maureen Duncan, borders college care lecturer, Eleanor Spiteri, child care lecturer and Clare Oliver, fundraising manager.
Half a million raised, and half a million still to go! That is the message from the fundraising team for The Margaret Kerr Unit as the public appeal to raise the 'final million' pounds reaches �500,000 today with the help of a cheque for over �123.00 from Borders College. From left, James Marjoribanks, appeal chairman, Maureen Duncan, borders college care lecturer, Eleanor Spiteri, child care lecturer and Clare Oliver, fundraising manager.

Half a million raised, and half a million still to go!

That is the message from the fundraising team for the Margaret Kerr Unit as the public appeal to raise the final million pounds reaches £500,000 today.

Accepting a cheque for £123.49 from Eleanor Spiteri, early education lecturer at Borders College, on behalf of the child health and care level 2 students, appeal Chairman James Marjoribanks expressed his delight.

“Borders College have been great supporters of the Margaret Kerr Unit appeal as well as previous fundraising appeals that ‘the difference’ have run, so we are delighted that it is this donation raised from a cake and candy stall and a sponsored walk that actually took the students past the construction site of The Margaret Kerr Unit, which takes us over the half million pounds mark.”

“The generosity of people across the Borders continues to amaze us daily as we see the donations to the appeal coming in, and I would like to thank, once again, each and every one of you who has contributed to this very special project.”

Fundraising manager, Clare Oliver added: “We are now in the home straight, and are counting down every single pound and penny that will take us to the £1million target.

“Our goal is to raise the rest of the money by the end of 2012, ready to welcome patients to the Margaret Kerr Unit early next year.”

“There are numerous events taking place across the Borders over the summer, and we urge everyone to support them. If you have not already donated then please do so, and help us create this much- needed specialist palliative care facility at the Borders General Hospital.”

Construction of the Margaret Kerr Unit is well underway. The steel framework is in place, the foundations have been laid and roof works are in progress. The 40-week build is on time, and due to finish by the end of November.

To make a donation,contact Clare Oliver on 01896 828261 or visit www.thedifference.org.uk and follow the link to the appeal page on the Justgiving website.