Simeon Celebrates Official Opening Of New Home

Simeon Care for the Elderly celebrated the official opening of its innovative new care home yesterday (Saturday, October 17).

The momentous occasion was enjoyed by invited guests and Simeon workers, volunteers and residents at a poignant ceremony at the building in Bieldside, Aberdeen.

Angelika Monteux, chairperson of Simeon Care for the Elderly, Jeannie Carlson, manager, Judith Jones, retired nurse, and Dame Anne Begg addressed attendees and paid tribute to everyone that has made Simeon House a reality. Local musicians entertained guests who were also given tours of the fantastic facility and the charity’s Golden Garden.

Simeon launched the biggest fundraising drive in its history to create the development at Cairnlee Road in Bieldside, which has enhanced its provision to the elderly and boosted capacity.

Jeannie Carlson, manager of Simeon, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to share this very special moment in Simeon’s history with everyone that has played a part in this great journey. It is amazing to see how far Simeon has come since we launched our New Lease of Life fundraising campaign nearly 4 years ago.

“The campaign was crucial in ensuring a future for Simeon and its residents, and it is testament to the hard work of our fundraising team and generosity of our supporters that it has been a success in a difficult local climate. The kindness of individuals, community groups, charitable trusts and local businesses has got us to this point and it has been wonderful to officially mark this. Continue reading »

Runners Boost Simeon Fundraising Campaign

Supporters of a north-east Camphill charity have raised more than £11,500 after tackling intrepid challenges.

Simeon Care for the Elderly was represented by 50 kind-hearted runners at Run Balmoral for the 5k, 10k, 15 miles and new Duathlon events, which were held in the grounds of the Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside.

Craig Smith of Ellon conquered the 26.2 mile Virgin Money London Marathon the same weekend and has now raised more than £2,000 after starting his fundraising in December 2014.

All of the money raised is being used towards Simeon’s ongoing care home appeal. Construction of the innovative building in Bieldside, Aberdeen, began in January last year and prompted the biggest fundraising drive in the charity’s history. The building is only weeks away from completion and it is hoped that residents will move into their new home by August. Continue reading »

Golden Garden Dream Comes True For Simeon Care For The Elderly

An innovative garden project devised by Simeon Care for the Elderly will become a reality after securing £45,000 in funding.

The Aberdeen-based charity was delighted to find out it had been successful in the final of the Big Lottery Fund People’s Millions competition last night (Thursday November 27).

Simeon’s Golden Garden will provide a therapeutic haven for the 23 residents in the new care home they are building. The home is taking shape but the outdoor space consists of piles and rubbles and mud, which will now be transformed thanks to the funding.

Jeannie Carlson, Simeon Care for the Elderly manager, said the charity was overwhelmed with the support they received from the public.

“It has made such a huge difference in helping spread the word about The Golden Garden. The response we have received is just amazing and we are delighted as the process has helped more people find out about Simeon. Winning the funding means so much to us and will make such a difference to the residents as we can now fast-track the plans for The Golden Garden.
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The Golden Garden Nominated for People’s Millions

The Golden Garden, an innovative project presented by Aberdeen-based Simeon Care for the Elderly has made it through to the final of the Big Lottery Fund People’s Millions competition.

Simeon is competing to win £45,000 for the venture, which would allow it to make dreams of creating an innovative dementia friendly garden a reality.

The charity was nominated for its Golden Garden project, which will provide a therapeutic haven for the 23 residents in the new care home they are building.

Simeon’s new care home is taking shape but the outdoor space consists of piles of rubble and mud. Simeon now needs the public’s support to bring their creative plans to fruition, and is urging everyone to get behind them and vote.

The charity’s Golden Garden project will feature in a special People’s Millions TV show on November 26, and phone lines will be open for voting from 9am to midnight.

Peoples Millions is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and STV, where the public help decide which local community projects get up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding.
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Ceilidh Fundraising Boost For Care Home Project

August 2014

A dedicated hairdresser at Simeon Care for the Elderly has said goodbye to the organisation and raised £1,000 in the process.

Jenny Golden has been working at the unique care home for the past 10 years and recently retired.
To mark the occasion she organised a ceilidh in aid of Simeon’s ‘New Lease of Life’ fundraising campaign, with the help of her husband Phillip, who works at Wood Group ODL.

The pair, of Newmachar, both lovers of ceilidh dancing, arranged the event for staff at ODL and raised £850. This was then topped up by the company to £1,000.

Jenny Golden said: “Simeon was one of my favourite places to visit as a mobile hairdresser and I will miss everyone I have got to know there. The staff give so much to residents and I wanted to do something to help them as an improved home will mean so much to them all.

“We raised a tremendous amount at the ceilidh and are so grateful to Wood Group ODL for helping us by bringing the total up to £1,000.”

Simeon is currently home to 18 older people but the ongoing appeal will enable a new care home to be built within the grounds of the existing site, with construction already underway. The aim is to significantly improve the current care home services to the elderly and to boost capacity by providing 23 en-suite bedrooms. The building on land at Cairnlee Road in Bieldside, designed by Camphill Architects, features dementia-friendly design and a commitment to energy efficient technology.

Mark Docherty, Wood Group ODL managing director, said: “Our staff thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh organised by Jenny and Phillip and we were delighted to make a contribution in aid of such a good cause.

“The plans for Simeon’s future are essential in allowing it to continue to carry out the excellent service it provides to its residents and we are happy to have been able to play a part in that.”

Fundraising manager Gayle Johnston said: “The residents are all very fond of Jenny, who has been a hairdresser to Simeon residents and other Camphill residents for many years. We will all miss her, and are grateful for all she has done for us, topped off by this tremendous amount raised through the ceilidh.

“Our huge thanks also go to Wood Group ODL for adding to the final total. We are getting closer to reaching our fundraising target, and this is helped by kind and generous gestures like this.”

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