Newmachar couple’s boost for charity

Phillip Golden, Gayle Johnston and  Mark Docherty with the cheque from the ceilidh night.
Phillip Golden, Gayle Johnston and Mark Docherty with the cheque from the ceilidh night.

A popular hairdresser marked her retirement from a North-east charity by raising £1000.

Jenny Golden, from Newmachar, has been working at Simeon Care for the Elderly in Aberdeen for the past 10 years and recently called it a day.

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 couple arranged the event for staff at ODL and raised £850. This was topped up by the company to £1,000.

Jenny said she was sad to be leaving.

She added: “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 sites, 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.”

Simeon 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.”