Donation will help improve lives of ten children

A £6,100 donation, handed over by members of the St Fittick Rotary in Aberdeen, will enable ten vulnerable children to benefit from the pioneering Nature Nurture programme.

The donation came from Wilson Family Charitable Trust, which was set up in memory of long-standing St Fittick Rotary Club member Sandy Wilson, of William Wilson Ltd. The donation will be used to provide Nature Nurture sessions for local children.

Nature Nurture is designed to build the children’s resilience to help them cope with future challenges.

David Ritchie (pictured back row left), of the St Fittick Rotary Club, commented:

“The donation for Nature Nurture came from the Wilson Family Trust. Sandy Wilson, of the William Wilson Plumber merchants was a long standing member of St Fittick.  Sandy died in November 2008 and although his health was failing his death was unexpected.

Nature Nurture and St Fittick Rotary

“Before his death he had spoken to his family about leaving a legacy in his will for the rotary club to use for the benefit of youngsters. He didn't have time to do this before he died, but his family decided to fulfil his wishes by creating the trust and asking the St Fittick Club to arrange the donations.”

Also in the picture are St Fittick Rotary members (from second left in the back row) Leann Duffy, Alastair Robertson, Sheena Anderson and Steve Williams.

Terri Harrison, Nature Nurture, co-ordinator (centre left with Daniel Harrison also a co-ordinator of Nature Nurture) commented:

“This generous donation will enable us to take ten more children for a full programme over ten weeks. It is so rewarding to see the way that these sessions benefit the children, so this donation will make a huge difference to the lives of some vulnerable local children.

“The sessions, in the peaceful surroundings of the Camphill School Aberdeen, awaken the children’s creativity and social skills and help build their confidence and also their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”

Nature Nurture is the first early-intervention programme in the UK that tackles vulnerability and promotes resilience by combining free play and nurturing interactions in a natural environment. It is this resilience that is a key factor in breaking generational cycles of vulnerability, building positive prospects for adult life.

The programme is led by specialists in children’s care, education and therapy.

The Rotary Club of Aberdeen St. Fittick, is one of many in Aberdeen and NE Scotland and all these Rotary Clubs give time and raise money to support deserving causes.

The St Fittick Rotary Club was formed over 40 years ago and, as the name suggests, was formed by business people and residents of the Torry area of the city.  As a club it is still heavily involved in Torry and other areas south of the Dee.
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