Lord David Puttnam, Director of the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire, launched a fundraising appeal for a local dementia care charity. Lord Puttnam lent his support to the appeal to raise funds for the Eric Liddell Centre and its carer befriending project.
The Befriending programme pairs trained volunteers with unpaid carers in order to provide a social outlet, emotional support in the face of a demanding often socially isolating role and a break from caring responsibilities.
Lord David Puttnam
Lord Puttnam, who is also a Patron of the Eric Liddell Centre, a care charity and community hub providing services throughout the City of Edinburgh, said: “The notion of a fundraising campaign that helps the Eric Liddell Centre achieve its aims, one of those aims being the advancement of an inclusive view of the elderly, an inclusive view of people with dementia has got to be an incredibly worthwhile aim.
In addition to Lord Puttnam, Sue Liddell Caton, the niece of Olympic runner and gold medallist, Eric Liddell, returned to Edinburgh to lend support to the charity set up in her late uncle’s name.
Chief Executive of the Eric Liddell Centre, John MacMillan, said: “We are proud to receive the support of Lord Puttnam and Eric Liddell’s family, as we launch the Centres 2018 Befriending Appeal.
“We very much welcome their continued support for the work of the Eric Liddell Centre and hope that the wider community of Edinburgh will join us in making a difference to the lives and circumstances of carers throughout the city.”
The Eric Liddell Centre is a registered care charity and major community hub which provides a wide range of services for the capital’s community groups with the aim of inspiring, empowering and supporting people of all ages.
Founded in 1980, the Centre was renamed in 1992 in memory of the 1924 Olympic 400m Olympic gold medalist, Eric Liddell who was the central character of the highly successful film Chariots of Fire. The Centre remains true to the beliefs of his inspiring life.
Donations can be made at www.ericliddell.org or by texting ‘ERIC15 £10’ to make a £10 donation. The appeal can be also be found on JustGiving here.