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Dons legend backs campaign aiming to raise £3.2 million for mental wellbeing centre in Aberdeen

Tuesday April 16th 2019 at 12:53 PM

Aberdeen FC legend Alex McLeish has given his support to a campaign for a new state-of-the-art mental well-being centre in the Granite City.

Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) have launched their Changing Lives campaign aiming to raise a total of £3.2 million for the construction of the centre and they are urging people from across Aberdeen and the North East to give their support – so far over £2 million has been raised.

The campaign has already gained the support of a number of businesses in the region and the hope is the centre will be open next year.

The charity say one in three adults in Aberdeen receive a diagnosis for a mental health condition every year.

The new centre will contain a range of facilities including 20 en-suite bedrooms with a small kitchen area and lounge, a residential lounge, dining room, two relaxation rooms and a garden area.

Alex McLeish, who is the current Scotland men’s football boss, is part of VSA’s campaign as an ambassador and was originally involved with the charity during his days as a player for Aberdeen FC – he said:

“I am delighted to be involved, once again, with VSA!

“I have tremendous memories of my association [with the charity].

“Sir Alex Ferguson gave me the green light to be an ambassador for Linn Moor School in helping raise funds.

“I feel so privileged to be able to help VSA’s latest campaign which will help so many people in such a caring and special environment.”

VSA’s Chief Executive Kenneth Simpson said:

“The new purpose-built facility, situated in the heart of Aberdeen, will support adults with a range of mental health illnesses on their journey to recovery. 

“Together with the help of the people of Aberdeen and the tremendous support we’ve received to date, we can make this facility a reality and change the lives of the people who need our support for the better.”

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