Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi releases a video message urging his fans to back the Ripple Retreat in the Trossachs for the families of kids with cancer
Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi has lent his support to a small Scottish charity aiming to raise £1.25 million to build a luxury holiday retreat on the banks of Loch Venachar for the families of children with cancer.
Its Good 2 Give has raised £1m since it began fundraising in 2010 for the retreat, which has been designed by Falkirk Wheel architect Tony Kettle.
It will provide luxury holiday accommodation for families who have a child with cancer, in a peaceful and picturesque location within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Capaldi, who is a patron of the charity that was set up by former Institute of Fundraising Scottish fundraiser of the year Lynne McNicoll, released a video message in a bid to help the charity raise the final £250,000 for the project.
In the video, he said: "There's a fantastic place called the Ripple Retreat, which is being built on the banks of Loch Lomond. It's a place where sick kids and their families can go for calm and respite.
"It's a dream that's becoming a reality because of £1m that's been raised by public contributions through the It's Good 2 Give Charity. But we need more."
The inspiration for the Ripple Retreat (pictured above) was the ripples on the loch. Its roof will be made of zinc and much of the rest of glass and oak.
A pier will let families sit out and enjoy the view up and down Loch Venachar.
It will be situated just outside of Callander, just a 30 minute drive from the attractions around Stirling.
It will have three bedrooms, a caretaker’s /companions room, kitchen, playroom, dining room and lounge.