Leaders of the Homelands Trust-Fife project in Lundin Links are launching a fund-raising venture for specialist disability equipment.
Building work on the self-catering cottages and drop-in centre on the Leven Road site is progressing well.
But the nature of the project means a large proportion of specialist apparatus for people with disabilities will be required to make sure the four cottages and the Paxton Centre can be enjoyed by users with a wide range of needs.
Trustees have set a target figure of £30,000 to cover equipment such as specialist beds, riser/ recliner chairs, mobility scooters, shower chairs, an induction loop system, and a host of other specialised products.
The facilities are being provided as part of the main scheme to honour the wishes of Isobel Paxton, of Lundin Links, who bequeathed her estate ‘Homelands’ to charity.
Her desire was to establish and maintin a facility to enable epople affected tby a range of debilitating conditions to have a holiday in attractive locations.
The scheme was many years in creation before work finally began last July, with local MP Sir Menzies Campbell cutting the first turf at a special ceremony.
Scottish Conservative Party leader – and former Lundin Links resident – Ruth Davidson also visited Homelands in an unofficial capacity in January and expressed her full support for the project.
Individuals, businesses and organisations can support Homelands by making a donation, a gift in memory of someone special, or by doing their own fundraising on behalf of the Trust.
And some efforts have already been made to assist the project.
A local woman has generously donated money to pay for a specialist bed,while another donor has covered the cost of a garden bench in memory of her late husband.
Donaldson’s Timber of Leven is manufacturing another garden bench.
A supporter from Auchtermuchty donated £572.15 from the proceeds of the sale of refurbished mobility scooters.
The East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal recently made a donation of £500, which will go towards equipment.
A quiz night held last November raised £600 towards a therapy bed for the Paxton Centre.
An ex-resident, who works for RBS, is undertaking a series of personal challenges and seeking sponsorship.
An RBS team at Gogarburn is having a sponsored mini Commonwealth Games.
Dave Paton, the new development co-ordinator, is walking the Tatras Mountains in Poland with friends to raise funds.
A group of friends who use mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs is doing a sponsored circumnavigation of Loch Leven when the new path section opens at Easter.
Anyone interested in organising a fundraising event, or making a donation, perhaps in memory of a loved one, or fundraising via an employee scheme at work or any company willing to donate equipment to help with the appeal should contact the secretary on 01333 320864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can be handed in to Gardener’s Cottage, 29 Leven Road, Lundin Links, telephone 01333 329039, with more details at www.homelands-fife.co.uk.