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Top cook Lady Claire Macdonald to attend Haven Appeal fundraiser for trailblazing Highland centre for people with severe learning difficulties

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Lady Claire MacDonald.
Lady Claire MacDonald.

WORLD-renowned cook and food writer Lady Claire Macdonald will be the guest speaker at a charity fundraising dinner in Inverness on Valentine’s Day.

She is attending the event at the Kingsmills Hotel in support of the Haven Appeal which aims to develop Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young people with severe learning disabilities.

Lady Claire and her husband, Lord Godfrey, who is the 34th hereditary chief of the Macdonald clan, built up and ran the renowned hotel and restaurant, Kinloch Lodge, on the Isle of Skye.

The fundraising event on February 14 will include a two-course dinner and entertainment, plus raffle prizes.

The Haven Appeal aims to raise £4 million to develop the pioneering centre on a derelict site at Smithton once occupied by the Culloden Court Nursing Home until it was destroyed by a fire in October 2010.

The appeal, which has already secured £1.3 million, was launched by the Elsie Normington Foundation and is supported by the Inverness Courier.

The Haven Centre, which will provide support to children and young people up to the age of the 30, will include respite houses, a community cafe and garden, specialist play areas and meeting spaces.

Tickets for the fundraising dinner, which starts at 6.30pm cost £37 each. They can be bought by calling 07511 808085, or emailing rona@havenappeal.org.uk

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