A sing-a-long concert has been arranged to help raise £3.2million to build Scotland’s first centre for children with multiple complex needs in Inverness.
The Big Spring Sing is being held at Smithton Free Church on Friday, March 31, to boost the Elsie Normington Foundation’s Haven Appeal.
The Press and Journal reported last month that a major new fundraising drive was being launched to help pay for the project over the next 18 months.
The Haven Centre is being proposed for a site at Murray Road in Smithton which has lain derelict a fire destroyed the former Culloden Court Nursing Home in 2010.
It will feature a specialist play centre, and it will be linked to a community cafe, as well as an outdoor play park, garden, and office space.
The project has long been the dream of Mrs Normington, who is based at the Merkinch Community Centre and is chairman of the foundation.
She has a 32-year-old son, Andrew, who has multiple complex needs.
It is the fourth year of that the concert has been held, and it will again feature Mrs Normington’s two well-known and well-loved choirs, the Rainbow Singers and Singing for Pleasure.
Also entertaining the audience at the Big Spring Sing will be Smithton Primary School Choir and the Drummond School Players and guest soloist is Julie Keane, while the compere will be the Rev Alasdair Macleod, minister at Smithton Free Church.
Mrs Normington said: “Everyone is so looking forward to the highlight of our year – the Big Spring Sing.
“It is a fun night full of sing-a-long opportunities, which my choirs and the audience love. All the proceeds will be going to the Haven Appeal.”
Tickets are priced £10 and can be purchased at the Merkinch Community Centre or Smithton Free Church Hall.