04 July 2019
The potentially life-saving piece of medical equipment, supplied by The Sandpiper Wildcat Trust, was required by the team for one of their star players, nine-year-old Finlay Brown.
Finlay, known as Finners to his team mates, has played for the club since he was five years old and has been diagnosed with a heart condition that could require his heart to be restarted at any unexpected time.
CALA Homes donated £900 towards the defibrillator as part of the leading housebuilder’s annual £10,000 Community Bursary in the North East.
Dean Ramsay of Northstar United 2009’s, said: ‘Finlay is a fantastic part of our team, so being able to ensure he’s safe while playing was crucial. What CALA Homes has done with this donation is provide a critical piece of life saving equipment and reassurance to Finlay’s mother, friends and coaching staff.
‘The club brings children together from all backgrounds and we have always welcomed young players from across the area to join in all activities, free of charge. As we don’t charge for club involvement, donations such as this are vital to us to keep offering a community-run way for Aberdeen children to enjoy the sport.
‘From the bottom of our hearts, all of the staff and members of Northstar CFC would like to thank CALA Homes for their generosity and dedication towards supporting the local community.’
Mike Naysmith, Managing Director at CALA Homes North, said: “CALA has always been committed to making a positive and lasting contribution to local communities through an active programme of charity donations, community support and sponsorship, and the Community Bursary scheme gives us the chance to find out exactly what support is needed locally.
“We are proud to have been able to support Northstar United 2009’s, as well as Finlay, and congratulate them on the valuable work they are doing within the local community in Aberdeen.”
Now in its fourth year, CALA’s Community Bursary aims to provide support for a wide range of organisations and projects within the communities in which CALA builds. This year, a total of 10 local projects and initiatives have been selected to receive a share of the fund in the North East, helping them to continue the vital work they do within Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
In 2019, the Community Bursary scheme will award more than award more than £55,000 to 63 good causes across Scotland.
For further information on CALA Homes’ 2019 Community Bursary, visit www.cala.co.uk/bursary.