Crerar sweetens afternoon tea with a £10,000 donation to Simeon

Residents from Aberdeen’s Simeon Care for the Elderly enjoyed afternoon tea in Royal Deeside this week to celebrate a £10,000 donation from Crerar Hotels Trust. 

Chairman Paddy Crerar said improving quality of life is the main priority for the Crerar Hotels Trust.

 “We take that to mean at every stage of life, but perhaps more so for those in the later years simply because they have already given so much to our community, and it’s surely time to give back to them,” Mr Crerar said.

Simeon residents were invited to the Crerar Deeside Inn on Tuesday, July 2, to accept their giant cheque, which will go towards plans to build a new care home on their existing site.

Gayle Johnston, Fundraising Manager for Simeon, said the development would boost Simeon’s capacity to 23 en-suite bedrooms, with added dementia-friendly design and an energy efficient building.  

“Simeon is delighted to have the support of the Crerar Hotels Trust. The support of local companies is vital and we cannot thank Crerar enough for sharing our vision.

“Not only did they make a significant donation towards our project, but the Crerar Deeside Inn treated us to a lovely afternoon of delicious food,” Ms Johnston said.

“Our residents, volunteer carers and I had a wonderful time in their homely environment, followed by an afternoon of visiting some local sites in Ballater. 

“All fundraising efforts are part of the charity’s plan to positively change the lives of older people in our community – something we wish for all of our older family and friends,” Ms Johnston said.

Crerar Deeside Inn General Manager Joanna Whysall said it was lovely to receive a visit from the residents and their carers. Everyone sat by the fire in the Deeside Inn lounge and enjoyed an assortment of sandwiches, scones, and lemon tarts, made freshly by the hotel chef.

Spending morning tea with the Simeon residents inspired the Crerar Deeside Inn staff to host an annual old-fashioned afternoon tea during Ballater Victoria Week, with proceeds to be gifted to similar local charities.