Backing for sensat-ional Donside charity


SNP MSPs Dennis Robertson and North-east MSP Christian Allard have urged the public to vote for Donside-based charity SensationALL.

The registered charity has the chance of being awarded £25,000 from Engage Mutual Assurance.

SensationALL provides multi-sensory play activities in Westhill for children and young adults with multiple support needs, and their families.

If the bid for funding is successful, the charity plans to use the money to develop SensationALL Outreach Sessions - SOS to support disadvantaged and rural-based families.

Awards of up to £5000 and £25,000 will be given to the projects with the most votes. A total of £1 million has been made available by Engage Mutual Assurance for community projects and personal grants over the next five years.

Encouraging people to vote for the Westhill based charity, SensationALL Consultant, development coordinator and co-founder Suz Strachan said:

“We aim to provide affordable and accessible therapeutic multi-sensory facilities, therapies and activities, to relieve the needs of children and young adults with multiple support needs and their families.

“With additional funding we hope to be able to set up outreach sessions to support rural families across the region.

“We have great plans and vision, but need some sustained funding behind us and continued local support to make it into a reality.”

Aberdeenshire West MSP Dennis Robertson said: “In such a large, rural constituency as mine it’s essential that as many people as possible have access to the brilliant services that SensationAll offer.”

Westhill-based Christian Allard added: “As a relatively new charity they would really benefit from additional funding, enabling more communities in the North-east to benefit from their service.