We're delighted to donate to this wonderful appeal.
We're delighted to donate a wonderful gift to Mr & Mrs Brown who are building a respite home in memory of their daughter, Eilidh Brown, who lost her battle with germ cell cancer in March 2010, just days before her 16th birthday. Her family set up a memorial fund to fulfil Eilidh's wish of helping others in a similar situation and have so far raised more than £260,000 to build a respite centre in Stirling.
Planning permission has been granted for the home near Thornhill, Stirling, and construction work is expected to start at the end of the summer. It will be used by families, free of charge, to take a break while their son or daughter is being treated for a serious illness. Eilidh's father Gordon wants to provide day trips for families while they are using the home and received an unexpected donation from us! Families staying at the home will be able to visit the safari park whenever they want! Mr Brown, an actor who has appeared in Take The High Road and Still Game, believes it is the ideal trip to help young people take their mind off exhausting treatment.
“Eilidh loved the safari park, we tried to go along every year. She adored animals.For any young kid going through cancer it will be good to take their mind off of it, and also for their brothers, sisters and parents because it’s a nightmare for them."
The family believe it will cost about £30,000 a year to fund the home and are continuing to raise funds. Manager Gary Gilmour said the park was proud to support the cause. He said:
“I have seen the respite holiday home plans and the building looks stunning, surrounded by beautiful countryside. It will be an ideal base for visiting families, with so many fantastic attractions on its doorstep. It would be nice if the families staying at the holiday home didn’t have to worry about anything during their stay in Stirling and could enjoy quality time together as a family, either at the respite home or on a day out at one of our many great local attractions. It will just be good to get away from the hospital, away from everything really and just spend some time with immediately family on us.”