Charity's £8m fundraising drive to help sick children
Children's charity Charlie House lodges plans for specialist support centre in Aberdeen.
An Aberdeen charity has launched an £8m fundraising drive to create a specialist support centre for children with life-limiting conditions.
A joint application with NHS Grampian has been lodged with the council for the facility, to be based in the grounds of the city's Woodend Hospital.
Children's charity Charlie House say it will provide palliative care and short breaks for families who currently have to travel more than 100 miles to Kinross for the service.
Chairperson Tracy Johnstone said: "We already have £1m in the fund for the build, which is absolutely amazing.
"The centre is desperately needed by all the families in the north east - families who need specialist support and care.
"It's a very exciting day, and we're looking forward to raising the money for this lifeline service."
Graeme Smith, deputy chief executive of NHS Grampian, said: "You can't help but be touched by the stories of the children and families who require a special level of care in this area.
"It's fantastic to see the motivation and effort that's being put in to raising the money for this new facility."