Aberdeen & North East
Meetings held at Rubislaw Church Centre, 1 Beaconsfield Place, Aberdeen AB15 4AB from 2pm - 4pm (with refreshments at 3:30pm).
Support Group Newsletter: January 2013
Two years ago (2011) the committee of Aberdeen & NE Support Group were informed that we had been left a legacy by a former member who had sadly died.
In such circumstances we all had mixed feelings. Saddened by the death of a member, yet so grateful for her thoughtfulness and also somewhat apprehensive about the responsibility imposed on us of spending such a large sum of money in a responsible way. Six months later £5,000 was in our bank account with some serious decision making needed.
We felt required to consider what we could contribute to at a local level as well as supporting the charity nationally. So this is where the money went:
We sponsored two researchers working in the Medical Science Dept of Aberdeen University to attend a prestigious international conference in France on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Feedback from them was good and they provided us with an excellent report on the lectures they attended. Since then one of the researchers has come to a group meeting to talk to us about her research.
We donated £900 towards the charity's 'Helpline' during the Big Give Christmas challenge week during December 2011. This was matched by the Big Give sponsors, making it worth £1,800
Almost £300 was donated towards the £1 per mile pledge walked by members during the charity's 25th anniversary year. We also contributed almost £1,000 towards the work of the local osteoporosis service to provide funding for their Bone Marker Service which receives no money from the NHS.
Finally we sponsored a very successful study day for clinicians and social care workers last year entitled 'Boost Your Bones' which was organised by the local Falls Service. Oh I nearly forgot to mention that our own members also benefitted from the legacy as we funded a bus for our July outing last year. What a pity it was such a wet day although our spirits weren't dampened!
So two years on the money has all gone plus a little more from our funds and we all feel it was spent in the best way possible as I hope the provider of the legacy would agree.
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