AN Aberdeen hairdresser showed she was a cut above others in her profession recently by raising £1000 for a Deeside care home.
Jenny Golden, who has been working at the Simeon Care for the Elderly in Bieldside for the past 10 years, decided to mark her retirement by organising a ceilidh in aid of Simeon’s ‘New Lease of Life’ fundraising campaign to expand and improve the facilities at the care home.
With the help of husband Phillip, who works at Wood Group ODL,she organised the ceilidh dance for staff at ODL - both she and Phillip, who live in Newmachar, love ceilidh dancing - and the event raised £850, which was then topped up to £1000 by the Wood Group.
Jenny 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 are so grateful to Wood Group ODL for helping us by bringing our total up to £1000.”
Wood Group ODL managing director Mark Docherty 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.”
Simeon’s ‘New Lease of Life’ campaign has now passed the £1million mark in their goal of raising £2million to expand and upgrade their facilities and 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.”
Simeon Care for the Elderly has been meeting the needs of older people at its Bieldside site for 30 years, and though part of the Camphill Movement it is also open to elderly people from the wider community. The Simeon philosophy is to support older people to have an active, meaningful and purposeful life in a community setting, and provides dignified and compassionate care and end-of-life care, supporting the individual as well as their families.